Rural England Stakeholder – Calor

Calor began operating in 1935 with the aim of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy solutions to homes and businesses across Great Britain. Today Calor continues to play a vital role in meeting rural energy requirements, supplying bulk and bottled LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) to homes and businesses located off the mains gas grid 365 days a year. As Britain’s leading supplier of domestic LPG, Calor has developed an excellent understanding of the unique energy challenges that rural householders face.

Calor supports the Government’s efforts to tackle climate change. LPG is the lowest carbon-emitting fossil fuel available in rural areas, and is a flexible fuel designed to meet the needs of the rural homes and businesses. Calor’s innovative technological advances offer affordable, common sense solutions that can make a realistic and long-term difference to climate change in Britain, today and in the future. Furthermore, Calor will be introducing bio-LPG – a fully renewable fuel – to the UK market in 2016.

As an energy provider Calor takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and wants rural property owners to have a strong voice in the energy efficiency debate – and the same opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions and fuel costs as exists in urban on-grid areas.  However, despite various policy interventions, rural off-gas grid households continue to be least likely to benefit from Government energy efficiency assistance programmes – even though the rural housing stock is typically less efficient than dwellings in urban areas, and rural households are prone to the most severe levels of fuel poverty. Furthermore, rural energy efficiency and fuel poverty issues can be exacerbated due to more complex fuel options, housing types and physical and social demographics, and these complexities mean that ‘one size fits all’ solutions, as generally offered by Government assistance schemes, are neither practicable nor effective.

Calor wants to work with rural stakeholders to help rural off-gas grid households to understand the full range of energy efficiency options open to them with regard to cost savings, new technologies, income maximisation and carbon reduction methods and encourages rural stakeholders, local communities, NGOs and policy makers to  work together to identify and promote energy efficiency best practice.