The government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy yesterday published its new Clean Growth Strategy document, outlining its proposed approach to building a lower carbon future for the UK. Lee Gannon, Managing Director at leading LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) supplier Flogas Britain, welcomes the report – hailing its recommendations around decarbonising heat in off-grid homes and businesses as ‘exciting news’ for the LPG industry.

Lee comments: “Through the publication of its Clean Growth Strategy, the government has made clear its intention to reduce carbon emissions from off-grid UK homes and businesses. This includes a pledge to tackle the challenges faced by businesses using oil boilers in particular – and a motion to phase out the installation of high-carbon forms of fossil fuel heating in businesses throughout the 2020s, starting with new builds. At Flogas, we fully support these recommendations, and would like to congratulate ministers for taking such a proactive stance in this area.

“As a leading supplier of LPG in the UK, we see this as exciting news for the industry. LPG is the lowest carbon conventional off-grid fuel available today, and it has a crucial role to play in turning the Clean Growth Strategy’s vision into a reality. Put simply, LPG is a cleaner, cost-effective alternative to the likes of coal and oil – emitting 35% less carbon than coal, and 12% less than oil. Logistically speaking, it is also a readily available, accessible solution to the country’s rural energy needs. Our robust LPG network means there is a dependable, convenient supply nationwide, and the innovative systems we develop for home owners, housing developers and businesses will allow for quick and hassle-free roll-out on a national scale.

“Thousands of homes and businesses up and down the country have already made the switch from oil to LPG, and this trend is only set to continue as more and more off-grid householders and business owners come to recognise the fuel’s compelling financial and environmental credentials. As a result, we expect to see demand for LPG steadily growing in the coming months and years – and as an experienced supplier with more than 30 years in the business, we are fully poised to respond. We also look forward to working alongside policymakers and wider industry stakeholders to make the Clean Growth Strategy the success that it deserves to be. Our message is loud and clear: LPG is a truly versatile fuel with enormous potential to deliver significant, widespread carbon and cost savings – and we’re committed to ensuring this potential is properly fulfilled.”