Net Zero Emissions: What You Need To Know

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Wilcox Energy certainly recognizes the impact on our environment by carbon-based fuels. As a result, we have been a leader in the heating oil industry with our commitment to developing Bioheat® heating oil, a carbon fuel alternative. All of our customers receive a more environmentally-friendly fuel that helps reduce carbon emissions. The good news is the heating oil industry is striving to make the necessary changes to help in the reduction of climate change. At the Providence Resolution, it was decided to work towards net zero emissions prior to 2050. It was a unanimous decision.

There’s certainly no denying the reality of climate change. It’s easy to see the effects: polar ice caps melting, global temperatures rising, heavier downpours, an increase in sea level, and changing weather patterns. There have been warnings for decades from the scientific community regarding these climate changes. Finally, governments are taking steps to help mitigate the dangers. The signatories of the 2015 Paris Agreement committed to setting 2050 as their goal for reaching net-zero emissions as well as 1.5 degrees Celsius as the limit for global warming. By achieving these targets for net-zero emissions, it can help prevent a rise in the global temperature as well as future catastrophes.
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Global Carbon Emissions & Net Zero

Activities by humans have been increasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The fuels we have been using have released carbon dioxide in huge amounts for nearly three centuries. The developments brought by industrial innovation have also caused destruction to our environment. Experts are now asking everyone to help stop global emissions and work towards this “net zero” goal. It will certainly not happen overnight. But, with greenhouse gasses gradually being reduced, it is possible to bring global emissions released into our atmosphere down to zero. Not all sources will have a uniform reduction, but techniques to compensate can help ensure the desired result will be reached within the next few decades.

How is it Possible to Achieve This Net Zero Target?

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Homeowners and businesses can implement various strategies designed to achieve the target of net-zero. One of these strategies is to encourage an economy that is low carbon by moving away from the use of fossil fuels for energy needs. This should help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, industrial and agricultural processes can be effectively modified to lower emissions. For example, farmers can change the diet of their cattle, reducing the amount of their methane output by approximately 40%. Carbon scrubbing equipment can be used in industrial plants in order to remove carbon dioxide from exhaust gasses.

There is also another method of offsetting carbon emissions. When residual carbon emissions are unavoidable, businesses and governments can make adjustments elsewhere in order to compensate. This could either be a socially responsible voluntary action or it could be compliance with regulations. For example, there are projects that focus on soil management and the protection of existing forests. Other projects plant trees in areas that had previously been forested. Keep in mind, trees remove carbon dioxide from their environment, producing oxygen in return, this helps with achieving the target of net-zero. Likewise, there are projects that make use of funds to increase the efficiency of machines and buildings, thereby reducing their demand for energy.

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What Steps is the Heating Oil Industry Taking to Reduce The Climate Crisis and Greenhouse Gases?

The United States has approximately 8.5 million homes housing 20 million occupants all depending on heating oil, according to statistics. Every year, they use about 7 billion gallons of heating fuel. Consumers who use heating oil don’t need to be worried about the effects that this fuel will have on the environment. Today’s furnaces are designed to provide high-efficiency heating with low emissions of carbon. The industry for heating oil has come together and made a commitment to do its part in order to achieve the global initiative of net-zero emissions. Many leaders hope that by modifying the fuel used they will be able to achieve net-zero status. This can be accomplished in two ways: reducing sulfur used in heating oil and increasing the amount of biodiesel content. These steps can help the industry achieve clean energy and meet its net-zero targets.

What is Biofuel?

It is an eco-friendly, non-toxic, renewable source of energy for products that are petroleum-based. Biofuel is made using clean energy sources like agricultural by-products, such as animal fats, used cooking oil, and soybean oil, etc. Biofuels are refined in order to provide clean-burning fuels capable of passing the highest standards. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil and biofuel are combined in various ratios in order to get the most environmentally friendly benefits.

There’s no doubt, that Wilcox Energy is serious about the climate crisis and is involved in taking action. We provide Bioheat® heating oil for our clients in southern Connecticut. With Bioheat® heating oil, sulfur content is reduced by 99%. This ensures ULSHO is sustainable, economical and compatible with current oil-fired heating systems. There is no need for homeowners to modify their existing heating equipment. This fuel can be used now to take immediate climate action. Give Wilcox Energy a call today and learn more!

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The Benefits of Reducing Sulfur Content

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Tackling climate change is something the heating oil industry is actively working on. There are numerous ideas on how heating oil can be improved for home comfort in addition to carbon capture. An idea that has been most successful is that of removing sulfur in the fuel. Reformulating the heating oil in order to produce ultra-low sulfur has resulted in a cleaner-burning fuel. With only 15 parts per million, it is also a better fuel for heating system operation. By comparison, heating oil that is low in sulfur contains 500 parts per million while the standard heating oil contains about 4,000 parts per million. According to studies, this change to low-sulfur heating oil results in about 70% lower carbon emissions than the amount of already low sulfur oil. This new change brings it down to almost zero.

The reduction of sulfur in heating oil is also a great way to reduce build-up inside of a heating system. Of course, this build-up can lead to damage of various components as well as serious system problems. Reducing sulfur can provide lower maintenance costs, few headaches for homeowners, and longer service life of the equipment. These benefits are all obtainable without any upgrades or other system modifications.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved when we all focus on the target goal of net-zero emissions. In order to limit the effects of global warming, the heating oil industry is committed 100% to the net-zero targets in their industry.

Greenhouse Gases

The definition of net-zero emissions is the elimination of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere by reducing emissions by taking measures like finding alternative fuels that are suitable.

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Global Warming

Most people agree that global warming has become a serious issue. It is crucial that efforts be taken to limit global warming and achieve net-zero emissions through the implementation of renewable energy. Wilcox Energy is happy to provide Bioheat® heating oil to its customers as an effective way to reduce carbon emissions and address the climate crisis.


The home heating industry is in the middle of an amazing revolution. People definitely want to protect the environment, but they don’t want to sacrifice comfort or money, but the industry has come up with some viable solutions. With the rise of renewable biofuel and ultra-low sulfur heating oil, carbon emissions are being reduced. Homeowners don’t have to worry about their furnaces producing greenhouse gases. In fact, they can rest assured that they are doing their part to meet the goal of net-zero emissions.

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As mentioned above, Bioheat® heating oil packs all the benefits of a premium heating oil in one. It can be used with traditional heating systems without any adjustments, cutting the costs of modifications and converting to other heat sources. As a biodiesel and ULSHO (ultra-low sulfur heating oil) blend, your heater runs more efficiently and cleaner while preserving its condition. Bioheat® heating oil uses 100% biodiesel to create a blend with lower carbon emissions, making it a safer choice for the environment and a safer option to use in your home.

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