LPG distributor UGI International has made the first shipment of BioLPG to the UK after securing the exclusive rights to supply it from Polish-based producer Ekobenz.

The partnership significantly boosts the ability of AvantiGas, a UGI International subsidiary, to supply BioLPG supply in the UK, the group said this week.

Neil Murphy, vice president of business development at UGI International, said: “We consider it our mission to be an innovator in offering our customers a greener and cleaner LPG fuel and we are continuously researching new initiatives in the emerging fuels market that will lead us down a pathway of sustainability.

“We are convinced that this can be a small step in the right direction for us becoming the frontrunners in the future. The partnership with Ekobenz is one of many initiatives we are currently pursuing on the path to securing the production of renewable fuels.

“It is complementary to other business activities in UGI International, which also include renewable wind power and existing bioLPG currently supplied in the Nordic region of Europe.

“It ultimately supports AvantiGas’ and UGI International’s ambition of aligning, and where possible exceeding, business goals with the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) guidance protocol,” he added.

The partnership further strengthens AvantiGas’ position in the UK bioLPG market, where the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme makes bioLPG even more attractive to invest in.