White Diesel is the New Red Diesel

The Final Curtain for Red Diesel

In 6 months time, the government will stop subsidising the tax on red diesel. For many years, red diesel has been used by many industries, including farming. When heavy plant is needed, using red diesel saves businesses thousands of pounds each year. Saying goodbye to this cheaper fuel is going to be a bitter pill to swallow for us all.

What it means for you is a significant price increase of circa 46p per litre of diesel. Buying a quantity of 1000 litres means an increase of £460, 10000 litres a staggering rise of £4600.

At the time of announcing these changes, the chancellor said, “The Red Diesel scheme allows selected users to pay duty of just over 11p per litre for diesel, compared to almost 58p per litre for everyone else. But the sectors using red diesel are some of the biggest contributors to our air quality problem – emitting nearly 10% of the most noxious gases polluting the air of cities like London. This is a tax relief on nearly 14 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year… the same as the entire population of London and Greater Manchester taking a return flight to New York.”

We know that we’ve all got to play our part to prevent further damage to our environment and help slow down climate change, but it still means our profits are going to suffer so we need to look at how to manage fuel use effectively in the future.

Moving on and Finding Solutions

In place of red diesel comes white diesel.

The bad news is that it’s more expensive and more likely to be targeted by thieves. Industry is losing thousands of pounds every year due to stolen fuel. Unscrupulous criminals have upped their game since red diesel became a thing of the past. Red diesel was dyed to make it easier to detect when it was being used illegally. Now the dye has gone, white diesel is easier to sell on.

The good news is that we can help you streamline the efficiency of your diesel use while keeping it safe at the same time.

Let’s have a look at two of the ways Atlantis Tanks can help you save money and improve your fleet fuel efficiency.

Buy More, Store More

If you don’t already buy in bulk, now is the time to do so. This means increasing your storage capacity for white diesel.

Atlantis Tanks StoraFuel range offers tanks designed for the safe storage of white diesel. Our steel tanks come in a range of standard sizes. A bunded steel tank offers a high level of security and is often enough to stop thieves in their tracks. Find out how steel bunded tanks can save you the headache of fuel theft.

Browse our range of Standard Diesel Storage Tanks

If you’re looking for a much bigger tank, we offer a bespoke design service and can manufacture tanks with a capacity of up to 100,000 litres. All tanks comply with relevant regulations and come with a comprehensive guarantee.

Use a Fuel Management System

If you’re storing a lot of fuel, you need to know that it’s being used efficiently. A fuel management system can be installed to monitor the use of your valuable fuel – right down to individual employee usage. Only drivers that you authorise can draw fuel and access can be controlled instantly.

Fuel management systems can be used on multiple sites and by multiple dispensers. They provide real-time reports about fuel volumes used, driver details, vehicle details and much more.

Atlantis Tank's Fuel Management Systems

White diesel is here to stay. But, as they say, there’s no use crying over spilt milk. As we move on, the important thing is to ensure your valuable fuel resources are safe and your usage is strictly controlled.