Top minister visits Cornish school running on HVO

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The Secretary of State for the Environment has visited a primary school in Cornwall which is the first in the country to use renewable liquid fuel HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) to heat its premises.

George Eustice MP made the trip to Gwinear Primary School in Cornwall to see the new fossil free fuel, made from sustainably certified waste materials, in action.

During the visit, Mr Eustice said: “HVO could be a very important stepping stone on the way to net zero in rural areas like this. There are a lot of people still reliant on oil fired boilers and this is a more environmentally-friendly fuel.”

The school is being provided with the new fuel by South West heating oil supplier Mitchell & Webber.

Gwinear Headmaster Lee Gardiner added: “Our school is an historic building so it is extremely difficult to insulate using more modern techniques. Installing a completely new heating system would likely be disruptive to daily school life and could damage such an important structure. So, when I saw the success of HVO conversions in other settings across Cornwall, I knew I had found the perfect option for Gwinear!”

Find out more about HVO in action by watching the video below.

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