OFTEC Positions Itself For The Futurehttp://www.oilfiredup.com/site/news/item/1805capital environmental news, crown eco managementSome OFTEC members recently gathered together for their Annual General Meeting and mini-conference in the sumptuous and plush surroundings of a private members' club in London to debate the long term future for the oil heating industry industry. Coinciding with the Northern Ireland Boiler Scrappage Scheme, UK oil boiler sales have increased in the first quarter of this year. OFTEC asked what we can do now to ensure that liquid fuels are being used to heat homes in 2030 and beyond.Speakers at the event, held in the prestigious Landsdowne Club included Jon Slowe from the Delta Energy and Environment consultancy in Edinburgh, who considered the options for de-carbonising heat up to 2050. This was based on an authoritative study he had done for the Energy Networks Association in late 2012 which concluded that trying to completely de-carbonise heat by 2050 is expensive and wasteful and that an alternative option of encouraging hybrid heating systems could be a better way forward.From OFTEC, Technical Director Paul Rose outlined the possibilities offered for rural homes by what OFTEC describes hybrid home heating systems - such as combining an oil boiler and an air source heat pump.
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