BioLPG: Delivering the right energy; now and in the future

Posted on: Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Katy Blake

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By Matt Masters, Innovation Manager, Calor

We’ve made a bold statement recently. It says that by 2040, our ambition is for all our energy products to be derived from renewable sources.

Although our existing liquified petroleum gas (LPG) product already offers the lowest CO2 emissions of any off-grid fossil fuel, we are exploring new ways of reducing our reliance on the earth’s natural resources further still.

It is a journey which has seen us become the first energy company in the UK to supply BioLPG, with the first shipment having now arrived in to the Port of Immingham.

This exciting new development will enable our customers to improve their carbon footprint dramatically, particularly in the transport and logistics market (for operators fuelling forklift trucks (FLT) or dual-fuel vehicle fleets) and for our home energy customers keen to reduce their own environmental impact.

With recent reports, such as the Carbon Disclosure Project, suggesting that while most large companies have plans in place to reduce emissions, these do not go far enough, innovations such as this are an important step forward as we work with our customers to help reduce the UK’s carbon footprint.

Vehicle technologies, for example, are evolving to enable alternative power sources to become a workable reality, enabling hauliers to go further, for longer.  Many see that the wider use of gas-based fuels will be one of the few viable options available.

In our daily lives, the way we heat our homes is changing too, with energy efficiency and smart home technology top of the wish list.

However, while the desire for change is clearly evident from the conversations we are having with our customers so too is a sense of pragmatism.  Delivering true sustainability is not simply about selecting the right energy solution, with the appropriate ‘green’ credentials. It is also paramount that this fuel works, right now, with the infrastructure that already exists, while being future-proofed for tomorrow’s next innovation.

Building upon the already established benefits of LPG, BioLPG is chemically identical to conventional LPG but created from renewable, ethically sourced feedstocks, such as organic plant materials, vegetable oil and animal fats. This means it is a ‘drop-in’ fuel and – as a result – there is no need for our customers currently using LPG to alter any equipment, appliances or supply infrastructure.

This sentiment is perhaps best summed up by our customer and leading materials handling group, Linde. Speaking about the fuel, David Bowen, Sales Support and Training Manager for the company, said: “Being green is not just a desire for businesses, but also a pressure from customers. Furthermore, a lot of businesses can see that tax revenue from the government will be influenced by their pollution or lack of ‘green-ness’. So, there is a lot of pressure to go for a more environmentally-friendly fuel solution.

“BioLPG will help us push our FLTs over other suppliers, who specify alternative fuels. If the fuel costs less and delivers true carbon savings, then that’s what customers are interested in. We’re really excited about BioLPG and the opportunities it gives us.”

Produced by NESTE, a world leader in advanced biofuels, at a custom-built refinery in Rotterdam, feedstocks used in the production of Calor BioLPG are verified with International Sustainability and Carbon Certification.