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Number 6 Heating Oil Now Illegal in NYC

- 11:30 am - July 14th, 2015

Last week marked the final deadline in a four-year campaign to outlaw Number 6 heating oil, the “heaviest” fuel available, from all buildings in New York City. The NYC Clean Heat program dates back to the Bloomberg administration and was one of his major environmental initiatives. As of July 1, 95 percent of the affected buildings were in compliance. Only about 250 buildings of 5,300 buildings have not yet converted to cleaner solutions, such as Bioheat® fuel, a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil and renewable biodiesel.

City officials consider this a nearly-won battle for a cleaner New York City, and the Department of Environmental Protection intends to implement strict enforcement strategies on the buildings that have not yet complied. The program has so far cut more than 50 percent of harmful particulate matter emitted by city buildings burning the heavier oil. This is part of a larger picture for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who hopes to cut city emissions by a sizable 80 percent by 2050.

The City Council recently proposed a bill that could increase the minimum percentage of biodiesel in New York City heating oil from 2% to 5% by 2016 and to 20% by 2030. To find out more about how Bioheat® fuel is changing our city’s air for the better, visit our Bioheat® fuel page. For more information on the New York City Clean Heat program, visit https://www.nyccleanheat.org/.