Wednesday 16 January 2019

Calor launches LPG made from renewables

CEO Gino Vansteenhuyse
CEO Gino Vansteenhuyse
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Calor has launched a bio liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) made from 100pc renewable materials and suitable for heating homes and businesses.

The product - made from approximately 60pc waste and residues and 40pc sustainably-sourced vegetable oils - is identical in performance to traditional LPG, according to Gino Vansteenhuyse, the recently appointed Calor CEO.

"It is the exact same molecule as traditional LPG, meaning that a customer can switch tomorrow from using normal LPG to using bio LPG, without any changes to their boiler," he said.

The company, with its parent, SHV Group, has been working on the product for six years

Mr Vansteenhuyse said that it would be "a bit more expensive" than traditional LPG. However, as it will not carry a Co2 tax in its pricing - unlike traditional LPG - the overall impact on users will be "price neutral".

The group is targeting both domestic and commercial customers with the new product.

"It is for all our customers , domestic, commercial, industrial - we want to also specifically address the fork lift truck users."

"We have also decided to have a bio cylinder, how and which type is not totally clear yet, but it is in our Calor product DNA," Mr Vansteenhuyse said.

The company said that it was aiming for the bio LPG to make up 10pc of its total fuel sales.

"It is not a one-off switch, my teams will need to talk to customers about what the product is and what it stands for," Mr Vansteenhuyse said.

"To reach the 10pc we will need to do a lot of field work and talking to people. It is a gradual increase that we are looking for."

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