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HMRC Rapped For Providing Misleading Advice to Farmers Regarding Red Diesel Usage

A country manor in northern Cumbria has won a legal row against HMRC after proving that information on its website regarding red diesel usage in tractors was misleading. HMRC have now been asked to assure that all information they provide to be precise. Vehicle inspectors stopped a tractor from Corby Castle Estates which they thought was illegal red diesel usage. This prompted Lord Ballyedmond the owner of the estate to take legal action. The court proved that the law HMRC were applying was different to the information they were supplying on their website to the public. This left the judge with no option but to overturn the penalty. The Government allows red diesel usage in agriculture to be purchased at a discounted rate.…

3 Mistakes Buyers Make When Purchasing Bulk Fuel

3 crippling errors that are really easy to evade are made when purchasing bulk fuel. These tips are for airlines, construction schemes, farms, fleets or anyone that needs to buy bulk fuel. Mistake #1: They Don’t Take the Time Needed To Get the Facts on High Prices You sign a cheque for expensive bulk fuel because your tanks have run dry. Trying to predict oil prices is anyone’s guess, as the market is perhaps the most unstable market in the world. Purchasing at the correct time will ensure you’re getting the best price. You can’t be short of oil but you don’t want to flinch every time you see the price of fuel. Bulk fuel prices are affected by a…

The 3 Best Lubrication Tips for the Manufacturing Industry

Using better oil will not stop lubrication issues. Nor will upgrading to new and better-quality equipment. A complete all inclusive plan is what’s required. And here are three of the greatest lubrication tips to achieve this. Lubrication Tip 1: The Right People to Implement the Lubrication Program There are two types of people critical to the oil team: The workers implementing the strategy The oil supplier There are numerous lubricant logistics providers, but a small number of lubrication specialists. A good lubricant provider provides the skill, training and utensils you want to correctly maintain your manufacture line. They must also offer a complete product line and lubrication tips that fills all your desires. Plant directors should expect a complete suite…

Oil Storage

Who Do The Oil Storage Regulations Affect? These oil storage regulations only affect those storing oil in England. They apply to infirmaries, state-owned buildings, cathedrals, schools, guesthouses, offices, garages and factories. However, they only affect those who are storing oil in excess of 200 litres above ground. Why Do We Need Oil Storage Regulations? Oil is responsible for over a sixth of all contamination incidents disturbing the atmosphere. Most events are triggered by oil dripping from cisterns or pipework, containers being over-filled or damaged. To stop oil absconding into the atmosphere you must have a drip tray or a bunded tank. This is referred to as a secondary containment facility in the guidelines. Fuel spillages are very costly to clear-out…

Budget 2013: DEFRA Facing £37m Budget Cut By 2015

Government departments with green duties are to see their budgets cut by 2015. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Defra are just two of the departments that will have their spending cut by £37m. The government hope to get the economy back on track by 2015 by investing funds into new schemes. Before last Wednesday’s budget, Chancellor George Osborne is said to have called an emergency meeting, requesting that spending across the environmental departments be cut by a further 2%. Funds invested into the green departments will be reviewed again in 2015-16. The government hope to have raised an extra £3.7bn by then from under spending and cut backs. Despite having their budgets continuously cut since 2010,…

What Is AdBlue and What Are Its Uses

So, What is AdBlue? Vehicles with Euro 4 & 5 engines are unable to function without AdBlue. Therefore it is vital to how they operate. But what is AdBlue? Most people mistake it for a fuel preservative, but here’s what it really is. Cleaner Emissions AdBlue is normally used at 3 – 5% of the diesel consumption for the average vehicle. However, factors such as weight can influence this. It produces a catalytic effect on the exhaust emissions by cleaning them. The AdBlue is precisely measured and squirted into the exhaust manifold from a separate tank on the vehicle. Emissions produced from the exhaust are cleaned before being released into the air. Therefore, it is crucial in reducing the damaging…

Lubricant Supplier

How to Select Industrial Oil Manufacturers continue to push the boundaries of engine performance. This is  to increase output and decrease downtime for greater purchaser satisfaction. Lubricant suppliers are now called upon to offer progressively creative results. One of the most effective methods to attain these performance standards is often overlooked: good lubrication. Choosing a Lubricant Supplier Selecting the correct lubricant can be a complicated task. Lubricants come in numerous varieties and preparations. However, many industries likewise have their own regulations and standards. Therefore, choosing the correct lubricant is critical. If you’re unsure about which lubricant to pick, ask a supplier. Special Thoughts for Your Uses For many years now, lubricant providers have been developing and manufacturing oils designed for…

Would You Pay More For Environmentally Friendly Red Diesel?

The UK is under severe pressure to reduce its carbon footprint – so much so that the country needs to reduce its carbon emission by 60% by 2050. Obviously fuel is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions. If you are one of the UK’s users of red diesel, have you ever considered using a more environmentally friendly red diesel? DEFRA report that for every 1 litre of gas oil used, 2.76kg of CO2 is emitted. This is the equivalent of having a 45 minute shower or travelling 7 miles in your car. Prices for red diesel vary throughout the year, largely depending on the government’s duty. However, for a few pence extra per litre would you choose an…

CHP (Combined Heat & Power)

A CHP system is a small heat engine which provides all the power for an individual building; heating, ventilation, air conditioning, mechanical energy and electric power. The purpose is to utilise more of the energy in the fuel. The reason for using such systems is that heat engines, such as steam power plants which generate the electric power needed for modern life by burning fuel, are not very efficient. A heat engine cannot be 100% efficient; it cannot convert anywhere near all the heat in the fuel it burns into useful forms such as electricity. So heat engines always produce a surplus of low-temperature waste heat. Modern plants are limited to efficiencies of about 33 – 60% at most, so…

Reduce Your Tractor Fuel Consumption

If you’re a farmer you will realise how much tractor fuel costs. With fuel prices rising steadily, farmers need to make savings wherever possible. Here are a few measures farmers can take to reduce their tractor fuel consumption. Tyres – save up to 15% on fuel Tyre pressure needs to be set according to the axle load and the driving speed. Use a low tyre pressure in the field and a high tyre pressure on the road. Reducing tyre pressures in the field reduces the tractive power demand as well as the track depth and soil compaction, while using a high tyre pressure on the road reduces the rolling resistance. Tyre inflation systems for tractors and trailer help to adapt…