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75% of rural manufacturers moving towards sustainability

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A survey commissioned by Calor has found that nearly 75% of off the mains gas grid manufacturers are making changes to their business processes, with most saying both environmental and commercial benefits have impacted their decisions.

Adrian Heath, National Accounts Manager for Industry and Transport at Calor looks at the main drivers behind these changes.

A sustainable future

With sustainability consistently topping the headlines, it’s hard to ignore the impact fuel emissions and choice of energy sources has on the environment.

As such, 42% of rural manufacturers have stated that sustainability was important to their organisation, and they were keen to make a positive impact, with a further 12% stating that they felt their commitment to sustainability gave them a competitive advantage.

In fact, the survey found that organisations surveyed have already made several changes including:

  • 86% are now reusing previously discarded materials and resources
  • 76% have made changes to premises and processes to improve efficiency
  • 47% sourcing more sustainable energy

Security of supply

A further 20% of manufacturers stated that they planned to change their energy supply to a more sustainable source within the next five years.

With so many challenges around supply chains globally, it’s no surprise that when asked about selecting a new energy source, reliability was the deciding factor for 84% of respondents, closely followed by its suitability for the manufacturing processes.

Almost half of businesses surveyed said that they were using more sustainable fuels for heating and manufacturing, and renewable fuels for general energy.

Interestingly, for those manufacturers currently using oil, 40% stated that they were likely to change fuel source in the next 4-5 years; motivated by a variety of factors including cost, availability, tax implications and environmental factors.

Cutting emissions

The survey showed that lots of rural manufacturers are reviewing their energy practices, but that a number of them had very limited knowledge about what was available on the market as alternatives.

Switching to LPG can cut businesses emissions by 16%2 compared with oil and is ideal for rural businesses where electricity is simply not viable due to the processes needed or simply because of limited supply to the location.

A move to LPG can also help set the foundation for further energy transitions to BioLPG and other alternative sustainable fuels Calor currently has in development for the future with little further change needed.


LPG is readily available and can bring immediate carbon reductions and environmental benefits of switching from other fossil fuels. For those looking to move away from oil, diesel, solid fuel, or kerosene, Calor is on hand to guide businesses through the process, provide a seamless switch and deliver a substantial cut in emissions, whilst setting the scene for when more of our sustainable fuel solutions become available.

Making a fuel switch from other fossil fuels to LPG can seem a big step. However, Calor’s dedicated teams are on hand to advise on the provision needed, plus the customer service to ensure it runs smoothly once installed.

1 Research carried out on behalf of Calor by Purple Market Research using a sample of 202 rural manufacturing businesses

2 Atlantic Consulting

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