Household waste could power off-grid UK homes via bio-LPG, report shows

7th December 2020 | Commercial Energy

A new report by a UK trade association for the LPG industry has outlined how a green future for off-grid homes and businesses can be powered by household waste, wood biomass, and used cooking oil (UCO). The report by Liquid Gas UK (LGUK), developed independently by bioenergy experts NNFCC, outlines the possible supply chain routes to create a thriving bio-LPG production industry in the UK, providing a green fuel solution for the 2.5 million off-grid homes and businesses.

One of the leading technologies with the potential to produce around 368,000 tonnes of a mix bio-LPG and low-carbon LPG, annually, is the conversion of up to 3 million tonnes of refuse-derived fuel (RDF), derived from residual household and similar waste that is currently exported internationally. According to KGUK, the RDF would be turned into bio-LPG. Low-carbon LPG via gasification. An additional source of bio-LPG would come from the 14.6 million tonnes of municipal solid waste that the UK sends to landfill each year.


The NNFCC report also analysed other forms of bio-LPG production from renewable sources, with wood biomass – particularly strong in Scotland – having the potential to produce 180,000 tonnes of bio-LPG. George Webb, CEO of LGUK, said, “Last year, we outlined our vision to achieve net-zero and a100% switch to bio-LPG across the industry by 2040. Today’s report lays the marker for how that goal can be achieved by creating a thriving bio-LPG supply chain here in the UK.

“The encouraging signal from the report is the diversified routes that can be taken both technology-wise and geographically across the UK to produce this versatile renewable gas. Creating greener buildings was a key aspect of the government’s recently announced Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution. Bio-LPG is central to decarbonising homes not connected to the gas grid and it can be produced right here in the UK.”

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Household waste could power off-grid UK homes via bio-LPG, report shows