Domestic heating oil: an energy efficient domestic heating solution

An essential economic sector in Europe:

  • Companies represented in Eurofuel, through their national organisations or directly, include producers and traders of heating oil, as well as manufacturers of heating oil equipment and many other allied businesses.
  • The heating oil market for domestic heating is represented to a large extent by small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are key in boosting economic growth and employment in Europe.
  • The annual consumption of heating oil is about 18% of the total energy, and amounts to about one-third of the fossil fuels provided to households, for heating purposes.
  • The European oil heating industry has an annual retail price turnover of 50 billion Euros for oil, and 2.6 billion Euros for equipment.

The use of domestic heating oil is essential to society:

  • Heating oil for domestic purposes represents about one-fifth of the total energy provided to households.
  • Heating oil ensures consumer choice, as the heating oil industry operates in an open and competitive market, governed by competitive suppliers.
  • Through its network independence, heating oil provides individual security stocks via each household's oil storage tank.
  • Safety in operations is guaranteed through heating oil and heating oil equipment applying the highest standards of technical performance.
  • Heating oil provides the consumer with overall heating comfort and ready hot water during all seasons.
  • Water-based central heating with oil ensures healthy indoor air quality.

Contributing to improved environmental protection via energy-efficient domestic heating:

  • New heating oil equipment, i.e. condensing boilers, increases energy efficiency and reduces emission of Greenhouse Gases.
  • The use of high-efficiency boilers presents considerable marginal Greenhouse Gas emission reduction advantages, compared to changing the input fuel used.
  • Heating oil presents the optimal conditions for integrating renewable energies, such as solar thermal heating or other liquid fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Liquid fuels have very low emissions of particulates (PM10 & PM2.5), SOx, NOx & carbon monoxide, preserving a high level of ambient air quality.


Sandrine Devos
Secretary General

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