Fueling the Future
Committed to a cleaner environment
Heating oil has continually evolved since it became the primary source of heating fuel for homeowners in the 1950s, and one of the most striking changes over the years has been the industry’s effort to reduce carbon emissions.
Fuel refiners have been able to steadily reduce the sulfur content of heating oil, and today all heating oil customers receive heating fuel with an ultra-low sulfur content. This has drastically reduced harmful emissions, with the side benefit of increased energy efficiency and less wear and tear on equipment.
Another breakthrough in fuel science has been the introduction of Bioheat® fuel. Bioheat is a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesel, which is made from natural sources such as soybeans, plant oils, animal fats, algae and other natural resources.
Consumers should be excited about Bioheat, because it is produced right here in the United States. It supports local farmers, local industries and a local economy. But that’s just the beginning. Consumers who use Bioheat benefit from:
- The most refined grade of heating oil available. And because of that, Bioheat is one of the cleanest-burning energy sources for your home or business.
- A reduction in system maintenance issues. Bioheat blended with ultra-low-sulfur heating oil eliminates the source of most equipment problems.
Thanks to advances in science and green technology, the heating oil industry can now envision something that almost no one would have predicted: heating oil with net-zero emissions!
The ultimate goal of a groundbreaking resolution
In a meeting at the Northeast Industry Summit, held during the 2019 Heating & Energizing America Trade Show (the HEAT Show) at the Rhode Island Convention Center, the entire Northeast heating oil industry resolved to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050.
The industry’s resolution calls for a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2023, a 40% reduction by 2030, and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The resolution also directs industry associations and other groups assembled at the meeting to work with each other to achieve these emissions reductions.
New Jersey’s full-service fuel companies have led the way in advocating for ultra-low-sulfur heating oil, and for increasing Bioheat blends. The result is highly refined heating oil that reduces emissions and eliminates one of the primary reasons for equipment breakdowns. And today’s most efficient oilheat systems reach efficiency ratings as high as 95%, saving you money and keeping you warmer.