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Industry Information on Bio Fuel

Both OFTEC and ICOM believe that a bio-heating oil blend could replace kerosene and gas oil as a liquid fuel and become the fuel of choice for both domestic and commercial heating applications. A liquid biofuel would address the problems of diminishing oil reserves, and help substantially reduce carbon emissions. Research has already shown that biofuels used for heating will have a more positive effect on carbon emissions than using biofuels for road transport.

“With electricity and gas prices continuing to rise and a legally binding UK renewable energy target of 15% by 2020, existing users of heating oil must be provided with a bio-fuel option or we will have let down our customers in both the commercial and domestic sectors”, stated Peter McCree, Chief Executive of ICOM.

Industry Information

This fact sheet has been produced to clarify requirements surrounding rented accommodation.

There is no legal requirement in the United Kingdom for a landlord to obtain a landlord safety certificate for oil fired equipment installed within a let property. However, BS 5410 Part 1 requires oil fired appliances to be serviced periodically in accordance with the manufactures instructions. Oil tanks and oil feed pipework should be checked for general condition and any leaks repaired. This is to reduce pollution incidents which may result from inadequately stored oil.

To promote safety of tenants and instill peace of mind to Tenants, Letting Agents, Landlords and to satisfy some property insurers, it is
recommended that an OFTEC Registered Technician services and inspects an oil installation at least annually. As well as peace
of mind, planned maintenance can keep an appliance operating at peak performance.

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