Contributing to Europe’s Energy Union and the future of heating

The first months of 2015 have been marked by Europe’s new drive towards an “Energy Union”, an ambitious project presented by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? on 25 February 2015. Eurofuel has welcomed this initiative which clearly puts energy efficiency first!

The heating sector has also been much in the focus of EU policy-makers, with the start of preparatory work on an EU Strategy for Heating and Cooling, expected later this year. Eurofuel attended the stakeholder conference organised by the Commission on 26-27 February and argued in favour of a technology-open approach, duly considering the climatic and geographic diversity of Europe. Ensuring a safe supply of heat to citizens should also be a priority in our view.

In the months of March and April, Eurofuel had very fruitful and constructive meetings with representatives from the European Parliament and the Commission, to discuss our position on the Energy Union and how sustainable oil heating solutions can contribute to Europe’s energy transition and guarantee a stable heat supply.

However, Eurofuel has remained concerned about unilateral action to ban oil heating or to discriminate against it, particularly in Denmark. The case is currently under Commission scrutiny and Eurofuel will continue to defend the long-term role of oil and liquid fuels in heating.

Some internal news to finish this newsletter: after nearly 10 years as an active President of Eurofuel and director of IWO Germany, Prof. Christian Küchen has decided to move and take on new challenges. He will be replaced with Jeremy Hawksley, the Director General of OFTEC for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. We welcome Jeremy Hawksley as an acting President and wish Prof. Küchen all the best in his future endeavours!