The potential for liquid fuels to contribute to the EU´s energy and climate policy objectives in 2030, 2050 and beyond

Today a life without heating oil is unthinkable for 17% of Europeans who have no ecological and/or affordable alternative to heat their homes.
How can we guarantee that in the energy transition 20 million households – mainly in rural areas – will not lose access toaffordable and secure heating?

Liquid fuels have many benefits in terms of cost efficiency, high energy density and security of supply, but they can also contribute to achieving zero carbon emissions.
Low-carbon liquid fuels are being developed in order to replace fossil fuels in oil heating systems.
Processes such as biomass-to-liquid, hydro-treating of vegetable oils and power-to-liquid can create low-or zero-carbon fuels to be used as drop-in replacements for oil.
In combination with modern oil-fired condensing boilers and hybrid solutions combining renewables with heating oil for security of supply, heating with liquid fuels can and will contribute to the success of the energy transition – provided a favourable policy framework.

The European Green Deal sets ambitious climate and growth objectives, requiring a major transition of our economy.
In that process, the implications for industry and consumers should not be ignored.
In order to keep the transition affordable and avoid energy poverty, it is important that climate policy remains technology neutral, allowing for upgrades tomore efficient and hybrid heating oil systems, while pushing innovation by industry into the development of sustainable alternatives.

The 4 European associations active in the sector of heating oil and liquid fuels for heating, namely ECFD (European Confederation of Fuel Distributors), Eurofuel (European Heating OilAssociation), FuelsEurope (European Petroleum Refiners Association) and UPEI, present their strategy for liquid fuels to contribute successfullyto the energy transition.

Their pdflatest publication explains it all.

Read full press release pdfhere.