This section covers how the oil industry is regulated and how we consult with the industry to ensure the best possible environmental management of this resource
Heating and distribution
Oil is used as a heating fuel in hundreds of thousands of domestic premises and over 800,000 industrial and commercial sites.
Over 200 companies are involved in oil distribution. The UK oil industry employs over 140,000 people and petroleum products supply about a third of the primary energy used in the UK.
Oil is the most commonly reported cause of waste pollution. We record over 5,000 incidents annually.
Even a small quantity can cause a lot of damage to the environment and threaten human health.
The 'oil care' campaign gives advice on oil storage, use and disposal; to minimise pollution.