Press release: Eurofuel welcomes European Parliament's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Eurofuel, the European Liquid Heating Fuels Association, welcomes the European Parliament's adoption of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) at its first reading.

This landmark decision underscores a pivotal step towards a more sustainable future for residential buildings across the European Union.

The EPBD's main provisions, including the ambitious targets for reducing primary energy consumption in residential buildings, mark a significant stride towards achieving our shared climate objectives. Eurofuel applauds the commitment of member states to ensure a reduction in the average primary energy usage by at least 16% by 2030, with even more ambitious targets set for 2035.

The directive places a great emphasis on decarbonising heating systems. Eurofuel is in full support of the proposed measures that aim to phase out the use of fossil fuels in heating and cooling by 2040. Additionally, the ban on subsidising stand-alone fossil fuel boilers starting from 2025 is a crucial step towards prioritising cleaner and more sustainable alternatives.

Eurofuel recognises the importance of incentivising the adoption of hybrid heating systems, which leverage renewable energy sources alongside traditional heating methods. We believe that such systems, including those combining boilers with heat pumps, offer a pragmatic approach to achieving both energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in residential buildings. Moreover, with the help of green fuels, buildings can also achieve climate targets with oil heating.

´As an association committed to promoting the interests of the heating oil industry while advocating for environmentally responsible practices, Eurofuel stands ready to collaborate with policymakers, industry stakeholders, and consumers to facilitate the transition towards cleaner and more efficient heating solutions´, says Federica Miano, Secretary General of Eurofuel.

´Eurofuel looks forward to the forthcoming vote by the Council and calls upon member states to fully endorse and implement the EPBD, thus reaffirming Europe's leadership in the global fight against climate change´, says Federica Miano, Secretary General of Eurofuel.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Federica Miano
Secretary General