In June 2019, the UK became the first country to sign its ‘Net Zero’ target into law – marking it as the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions.
These changes have had a huge impact on the way businesses work, inspiring many to introduce new ways of reducing their carbon footprint. For businesses operating off-grid, one of the options available to reduce carbon emissions is to switch energy supply from oil to gas.
Not only can this reduce carbon emissions (as LPG is a lower-carbon alternative to oil with approximately a 20% lower carbon intensity ), but it has the added benefit of potential cost savings.
Oil to gas conversion is possible in all off-grid industries, as the following range of diverse examples illustrates:
Result of switching from oil to LPG: 19.7% per year reduction in CO2 emissions
Based in Speyside, Tamnavulin is a single malt whisky distillery that produces over 4 million litres of alcohol a year. Driven by the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD), and a business requirement to cut costs and carbon emissions, Tamnavulin turned to Flogas.
Flogas assessed Tamnavulin’s fuel requirements and then designed a bespoke gas storage system, along with all of the pipework and civil work, that enabled the distillery to switch from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to LPG.
As a result of using LPG, when compared to a similar distillery still operating on HFO, Tamnavulin now produces 269 times less particulate matter, 767 times less sulphur dioxide, and three times less NOx (oxides of nitrogen).
Carden Park Hotel
Industry: Hotel & Leisure
Result of switching from oil to LPG: 23% reduction in annual CO2 emissions, 21.8% saving in fuel costs
Set within a picturesque 1,000-acre estate, Carden Park is a luxury hotel boasting 196 rooms, 18 meeting rooms, a spa, two championship golf courses, two restaurants and 10 wedding ceremony venues, as well as a three-acre vineyard.
With more than 20,000 guests visiting the off-grid hotel each year, a significant amount of energy is needed to power its heating, hot water, and cooking facilities.
With such a high energy demand, the hotel was spending a fortune on oil so were very keen to find a way to reduce overheads while lessening their impact on the environment. They researched other off-grid options, such as renewables, but LPG made the most sense, providing the quickest payback, and a saving of 277 tonnes of carbon every year.
Flogas managed the conversion from start to finish and fitted 10 LPG tanks discreetly underground in the vineyard to ensure they didn’t impact the landscape for guests and visitors.
Industry: Quarrying and Aggregate Production
Result of switching from oil to LPG: 25% reduction in CO2e emissions, 19% saving in fuel costs
One of the largest privately owned contractors in the Scottish Highlands, Pat Munro owns and operates quarries, and manufactures roadstone and concrete, as well as recycled aggregates and tarmacadam.
With production creating a huge annual heat demand, the company was previously using up to half a million litres of gas oil (also known as ‘red diesel’) to heat tens of thousands of tonnes of rock in its roto dryer every year (generating 1,114 tonnes of CO2e in the process).
After assessing Pat Munro’s energy needs, the Flogas team project-managed the switchover from start to finish, which included specifying, designing, and installing the fuel system and LPG tanks, and supplying the LPG.
For details on how you can follow the example set by these businesses, enquire today.
 Greenhouse gas reporting: conversion factors 2019 – BEIS The role of LPG & bioLPG in Europe, WLPGA