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Carbon Offset Red Diesel

Looking ahead to the implementation of planned legislation for large companies and their carbon activity.

As of April 2013, large companies in the UK have to send a report to the government about their carbon activity. This is in order for the government to check if they are on course to meet their carbon reduction target of 60% by 2050. The government can fine any business that is not meeting its target. As you can imagine there is a massive amount of pressure on these companies to decrease their carbon emissions – some more than others. Take the farming industry for example; who are presently responsible for 7% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. By 2020 the trade must reduce their carbon emissions by 11%. This might seem like quite a small fraction; however when you consider that a great deal of a Farmer’s work includes the use of machinery that creates CO2, it’s easier said than done.

In the UK, Farmers are permitted to use red diesel in any equipment or vehicles that won’t be used on open roads. Red diesel carries a low duty and is much cheaper than normal diesel. So, it is unlawful to be used on open roads. The only difference between red diesel and regular diesel is the dye – regular diesel is white, while red diesel is red.

The agricultural industry relies on the use of red diesel to power their equipment. However, the oil does release carbon emissions which are damaging to the environment. What can farmers do if they’re to escape being fined by the government for not meeting the carbon emissions target?

Fortunately, within the past few years a number of oils and fuel additives have been produced to help decrease carbon emissions amongst the farming industry. Carbon offset red diesel is just one that can help farmers decrease their carbon emissions.

Carbon offset red diesel is a direct substitute for regular red diesel. The oil company that delivers this product teamed up with carbon offsetting providers, who purchase carbon credits, with the profits from the oil. These credits are then invested into schemes across the world to decrease carbon emissions. Enhanced water quality, re-established nature zones, contamination control and renewable energy are just some of the schemes that the profits from carbon offset red diesel have been invested into.

Selecting alternative oils is a major step farms can take in decreasing their carbon activity. Carbon offset red diesel can be included on the government carbon activity report.

Source: Written by Brian Madden, Nationwide Fuels

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