Oxfordshire Rural Community Council is calling on churches to get involved in their new bulk oil buying scheme. The scheme aims to keep fuel costs as low as possible in rural areas, where many households don’t have mains gas. The scheme will source better prices for oil deliveries and also help to reduce the carbon footprint of the actual delivery system. Every time a tanker comes out to make a delivery, it uses fuel – a full tanker may only get about 8 miles per gallon – so if deliveries are organised so that one tanker can reach as many customers in as small an area as possible, fuel consumption is reduced.
ORCC is asking for people to help get the scheme going by becoming a local coordinators. Their job will be to garner support locally so the scheme can start in your local area. ‘We’ve made it as simple as possible because we know people are busy’ said ORCC’s Chief Executive Linda Watson, ‘Local co-ordinators are going to be vital to the success of the scheme. They won’t have to do the negotiating with the oil suppliers and won’t have to deal with any money, so we don’t expect this to take much time.’
* Update * The bulk oil buying scheme offered by ORCC in Oxfordshire has now been extended to Berkshire and Buckinghamshire – details below:
Oxfordshire – contact Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC) at www.oxonrcc.org.uk/home/bulk-oil-buying-scheme
Berkshire – contact Community Council for Berkshire (CCB) at www.actionforall.org.uk/CCB/ccb_oil_club
Buckinghamshire – contact Community Impact Bucks at www.communityimpactbucks.org.uk/pages/work-with-commu-bulk-oil-buying-scheme-159.html