Bioheat® Fuel And Ultra-Low-Sulfur Heating Oil
May 11, 2020
Find the right fuel for your Massachusetts home or business
As efforts to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions remain a top priority in the heating oil industry, more and more households and businesses are also gaining an understanding of what it all means—and the great importance of this progress.
Last fall, over 300 leaders from our industry gathered at the Northeast Industry Summit, which took place as part of the Heating & Energizing America Trade (HEAT) Show. They passed a resolution that laid out what the industry’s progress needs to look like over the next 30 years.
The fuel industry’s plan for the future
Here’s a breakdown of what they established:
- By 2023: Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 15% (based on 1990 levels)
- By 2030: Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 40%
- By 2050: We achieve net-zero carbon emissions
Bioheat and ULSHO: what you should know
A big part of how this is going to happen is through the use of Bioheat® fuel and ultra-low-sulfur heating oil in Massachusetts homes and businesses. With that in mind, here are 10 things you should know.
- The sulfur content of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) is 15 parts per million.
- Bioheat fuel is made up of a combination of biodiesel and ULSHO.
- ULSHO and Bioheat both offer increased operating efficiency for heating systems.
- All heating oil sold in Massachusetts is ULSHO. This has been the case since July 2018.
- Bioheat is among the most sustainable fuels available.
- Renewable resources including animal fats, plant oils, algae and recycled grease are among the makeup of Bioheat.
- Made in the United States, Bioheat supports local farms and local economies.
- Massachusetts was—and remains—on the forefront of the adoption of Bioheat across the U.S.
- Bioheat is covered under most manufacturers’ heating system warranties.
- The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International has approved Bioheat’s performance standards.
You can learn more about Bioheat and ULSHO here on this website. For information about replacing heating equipment, take a look at this article.