Eurofuel's Policy Priorities 2024-2029: Ensuring a Sustainable and Affordable Energy Transition

In the wake of unprecedented challenges in the energy landscape, Eurofuel stands at the forefront, advocating for pragmatic solutions that balance environmental sustainability with affordability and reliability. As the representative body for the European liquid heating fuel sector, Eurofuel is committed to driving the transition towards low-carbon energy sources while ensuring the continued comfort and affordability of heating for European citizens.

The current geopolitical uncertainties have sparked a crisis in energy supply, leading to soaring prices and heightened concerns across all sectors. Amidst this backdrop, the imperative to achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions looms large, presenting both a challenge and an opportunity for policymakers and citizens alike. Eurofuel asserts that securing low-carbon energy sources that are both reliable and affordable is paramount to navigating this complex energy landscape successfully.

At the core of Eurofuel's approach is the principle of technology neutrality. We believe that energy policy should embrace all feasible solutions, regardless of technology or fuel type, that contribute to meeting emission reduction targets. This includes a recognition of the vital role that liquid fuels play in providing reliable and efficient heating, particularly in areas where alternative options may not be viable.

Efficiency is another cornerstone of Eurofuel's policy recommendations. We advocate for the acceleration of the replacement of obsolete heating systems with modern, energy-efficient alternatives. By incentivizing the adoption of efficient heating technologies and improving the energy performance of buildings, we can not only reduce emissions but also alleviate energy poverty, a pressing concern highlighted by the European Green Deal.

Innovation is key to driving progress towards a sustainable energy future. Eurofuel supports the development of hybrid heating systems, such as solar combined with liquid fuel condensing boilers, as a means of reducing emissions while maintaining energy security. We caution against bans on specific fuels or technologies, emphasizing the importance of fostering a conducive environment for research and development within the industry.

Addressing the issue of security of energy supply is paramount, particularly in light of recent crises. Eurofuel advocates for the long-term replacement of imported fossil fuels with highly efficient and renewable liquid energy solutions. These solutions offer transportability, affordability, and seamless integration with other renewable sources, bolstering the EU's energy security in the long run.

Eurofuel also emphasizes the importance of a full life cycle approach to calculating emissions. By considering emissions across the entire supply chain, from extraction to delivery, we can gain a more accurate understanding of the environmental impact of our energy usage, enabling informed decision-making towards a sustainable future.

In conclusion, Eurofuel urges policymakers to prioritise pragmatic, inclusive approaches to energy policy that uphold principles of technology neutrality, efficiency, innovation, security of supply, and a full life cycle approach. By embracing these priorities, we can navigate the challenges of the energy transition effectively while ensuring the continued comfort, affordability, and sustainability of heating for European citizens.