The Rules for Red Diesel Changed in April 2022

The rules surrounding red diesel and rebated biodiesel changed on 1st April 2022. The new regulations have affected a large number of businesses and require you to either use an alternative clean-burning fuel or pay more duty.

To help with your fuel changeover, we’ve rounded up those who have been affected and the fuels that you can use going forward.

Sectors affected by the new rules

  • Construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Manufacturing
  • Waste management
  • Leisure
  • Commercial heating

Sectors unaffected by the new rules

  • Fishing, farming, horticulture
  • Passenger, freight and maintenance vehicles on rail tracks
  • Heating/electricity generation – non-commercial premises exc places of worship, townhalls & moored houseboats
  • Community amateur sports clubs and golf courses
  • Travelling fairs and caravans

Red diesel clean-burning alternatives

Many businesses are preparing now for the change in regulations and are switching to clean-burning alternative fuels. Luckily, most of these fuels are drop-in solutions, helping ensure your transition is pretty seamless without the need for costly equipment upgrades.


Hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO)

HVO fuel is a direct replacement for red diesel with a wide range of OEM approvals that meets Fuel Quality Directive 2009/30/EC Annex II and EN 5940 standards.

HVO is FAME-free so offers a range of benefits over gas oil which allows it to be used year-round without seasonal stock replacements. What’s more you can store it for up to 10 years compared to just 1 for red diesel.

Industrial heating oil (IHO)

Industrial heating oil is a direct drop-in replacement for red diesel used in commercial boilers, heaters, dryers and furnaces. Industrial heating oil isn’t affected by the change in red diesel duty, burns more slowly, and offers an extended shelf life, helping you to save on your business heating costs.

Although there isn’t a need to modify existing infrastructure or engines, we recommend having your tank cleaned and your rebated fuel stocks uplifted to avoid the red marker contaminating your new supply. We can help with your fuel changeover and provide full consultancy support throughout. Call our fuel experts on 0330 123 1144 to ensure you’re meeting the updated regulations.

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