Switch Success: How Knockdhu Switched from oil to gas with Flogas

To minimise carbon emissions generated by its distilling processes to meet their CCA targets, Knockdhu knew it had to move away from oil.

Established in 1894 in the North East Highlands of Scotland, Knockdhu distillery is known for its distinctive anCnoc single malt. While the distillery may be steeped in history, it is also dedicated to forward-thinking sustainable production, and as such, joined the Government’s Climate Change Agreement (CCA) programme in 2013.

Run by the Environment Agency, CCAs are voluntary agreements made between UK industry and the Government to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In return, operators receive a discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL), a tax added to electricity and fuel bills. [1]

Having joined the scheme, Knockdhu measures and reports its energy use and carbon emissions against agreed targets over 4, 2-year target periods. If it hits those targets at the end of each reporting period, it will continue in the scheme and is eligible for discounts on CLL for both electricity and gas[2].

At the time Knockdhu signed up to CCA scheme, it was using heavy fuel oil for its energy, because, like many distilleries, Knockdhu was founded around a natural spring source – at a remote location away from the gas grid.

Eager to minimise carbon emissions and meet their CCA targets, Knockdhu knew it had to move away from oil in order to reduce the carbon emissions generated by its distilling processes, and so consulted with Flogas about switching from oil to LPG.

Knockdhu’s Distilling Manager Gordon Bruce says: “We needed to have a serious look at our fuel costs and carbon emissions, as they were much higher than we wanted them to be. We approached Flogas as they are the most experienced people in the business and had a reputation for delivering results and making the process straightforward”.

Once commissioned, Flogas project-managed all aspects of the conversion process from start to finish, ensuring the switch was quick and easy and didn’t impact production while the new LPG boiler was being fitted.

As a result of switching to LPG, combined with efficiencies of a new boiler and enhanced heat recovery, Knockdhu has significantly reduced the distillery’s fuel costs, and more importantly from a CCA perspective, cut carbon emissions by 18% in the first year alone.

Rob McCord, Head of Bulk Sales at Flogas, said: “Many businesses are keen to address their carbon emissions, either to meet their Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) obligations, or to hit their CCA agreement targets, and qualify for Climate Change Levy discounts.

“Switching from oil to gas is an exceptionally good way for off-grid businesses to achieve this, and as the UK’s leading authority on oil to gas conversions, we’re well-placed to help them hit their targets.”

To follow the example set by Knockdhu, and switch from oil to gas, enquire today.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/guidance/climate-change-agreements–2

[2] https://www.gov.uk/guidance/climate-change-levy-rates

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