Red diesel legislation changes

Changes to red diesel legislation start from 1st April 2022. If legislation requires you to make the switch, your remaining fuel tank could be contaminated and need cleaning.

Allan Key, COO at Sweeptech says: “The rebate for red diesel is changing as part of the UK Government’s efforts to meet the 2050 net-zero carbon target. By taxing most users at the standard rate for diesel, it is intended to reflect the impact of the emissions they produce, which at the same time promotes energy efficiency and the use of cleaner fuel alternatives. 

“Whilst the change is understood the limited ‘accepted purposes’ means the impact will be significant for Sweeptech as we cannot absorb the increased fuel cost alongside rising material and labour costs.”

Sweeptech offer tank cleansing services to cleanse and polish your tank, increasing efficiency and reducing risk of contamination. If you have any left over fuel in your tanks, our specialist team of experts can remove any rebated fuel residue from storage tanks and safely transport it to our licensed treatment plants where it is treated and disposed of in accordance with the latest legislation. All legal and environmental requirements being met.

What is red diesel?

Red diesel is diesel used mainly for off-road purposes, such as powering bulldozers and cranes used in the construction industry, or drills for oil extraction. It accounts for around 15% of all the diesel used in the UK and is responsible for the production of nearly 14 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Red diesel used in the construction and infrastructure building sectors was also estimated to have caused 7% of nitrogen oxide emissions and 8% of PM10 emissions (a type of particulate matter) in London in 2018. 

More on the new legislation.

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