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.
As a result, today’s heating oil burns more cleanly, with lower emissions. Consumers also benefit from better heating efficiency and easier maintenance, since highly refined, renewable Bioheat® Fuel creates fewer deposits on heat exchangers.
During a meeting at the Northeast Industry Summit in 2019, 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 one another to achieve these emissions reductions.
As ultra-low sulfur Bioheat® Fuel becomes more widespread in the coming years, home heating oil will move closer and closer to becoming a carbon-neutral fuel. This and other innovations within the industry will help to keep heating oil as a leader in America’s energy evolution.
Contact your local heating oil company to learn more about modern oilheat and be sure to ask about available rebates for new oilheating equipment.
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy.