Asghar backs Cold Weather Priority Initiative

Mohammad Asghar AM today pledged his support for The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers Cold Weather Priority Initiative.

According to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, each year in the UK, there are 40,000 so-called “excess winter deaths” as a result of cold. 82.5% of these are among the elderly (aged 75 and over).

In response to this and with winter approaching off grid energy trade association, The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers, whose members supply up to 1.5 million rural homes in the UK with heating oil, is urging members of the public who are aged 75 and over and who use heating oil to sign up to the Cold Weather Priority Initiative.

This initiative will assist in identifying and help those most at risk so they are prioritised for delivery when it comes to heating oil supplies throughout the winter months, especially during periods of

extreme cold weather or fuel shortages.

FPS Chief Executive Guy Pelham commented:

“Cold Weather Priority is an important initiative that was launched in 2017 and played a key role in the heavy snow “Beast from the East” we experienced earlier this year.”

“Many of our members implemented the CWP scheme to help prioritise elderly and vulnerable customers during the bad weather period. Thankfully, situations where supplies of fuel are short and the cold is extreme are rare but before the winter sets in we are asking members of the public aged 75 and over to get in touch with their FPS member heating oil suppliers if they believed they should be part of the CWP Initiative.”

“FPS members will also over the next few months be employing various methods to identify customers who believe they fall into the CWP category so that deliveries can be prioritised to these people in the winter months.”

Mohammad Asghar said:

“I am delighted to support the Cold Weather Priority Initiative.”

“People who use heating oil and liquefied petroleum gas to heat their homes severe cold weather can be a particularly difficult time.”

“I welcome this effort by the industry to provide support to vulnerable elderly people during the winter months.”