15 December 2016

Climate change regulations: Brexit or Not Brexit? Views from the UK oil heating sector

By Paul Rose, CEO of OFTEC

We all are used to energy and climate change regulations being decided at EU level. Eurofuel and the oil heating industry across Europe worked hard to ensure that the Eco-design (ERPD) directive did not effectively prohibit efficient oil heating systems.  For the UK and Ireland, the proposed low NOx levels in the directive were a very real threat.

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20 October 2015

Renewables and fossil fuels, a secure partnership for a secure energy transition

As the EU finalises its position in the Environment Council this Friday in preparation for the COP21 in December, all those committed to a secure energy future, including Eurofuel, are hoping for a strong, clear and pragmatic position to lead us towards the Great Energy Transition.

At the same time, consumers across Europe remain focused on the price of energy to heat their homes as Winter approaches. What is the best way to make savings, so fuel is affordable, while at the same time taking a step forward to reducing CO2 emissions? A jump to 100% renewables is simply not possible overnight.

Eurofuel has long argued for a pragmatic policy approach to domestic heating so it’s affordable above all, but also so that homeowners can take steps towards climate friendly heating systems that work best for their own homes. Hybrid systems are part of the solution. 

pdfRead the full opinion piece by Eurofuel 


15 July 2015

Eurofuel’s contribution to Heating and Cooling Strategy in the Energy Union.

Consumer empowerment starts with allowing freedom of choice regarding the best suitable energy system.

The summer package of the Energy Union, adopted on 15 July, puts the emphasis on empowering European consumers. They should become better informed and play an active role in the energy system. This statement is certainly very much welcomed. Similarly, consumer empowerment needs to start by allowing consumers a free choice of the energy system which is best appropriate to their personal needs. In the field of heating, a technology-open approach is required to help consumers move to more efficient and cleaner systems at an affordable cost.

pdfFind out more in Eurofuel’s contribution
to the forthcoming EU Strategy for Heating and Cooling

 


24 March 2015

Energy Union: toward a more efficient, affordable, secure and greener energy for European consumers

Eurofuel welcomes the launch by the European Commission of a European Energy Union to ensure efficient, affordable, secure and more climate-friendly energy for citizens and businesses.

Eurofuel congratulates the Commission on publishing such a comprehensive document seeking to tackle the twin challenges of the low level integration of energy supply within the EU and the climate change agenda. In that context, the recognition of the significant role heating can play is deeply appreciated.

Eurofuel is very pleased that the Commission took a clear stand to put energy efficiency first. The cleanest energy is the one we do not use. We also support the European Union’s ambition to widely develop renewable energy. In this respect, multi-energy hybrid systems represent a pragmatic and affordable approach to energy transition!

Find out more:
pdfEurofuel’s statement on Energy Union


09 December 2014

Energy efficiency: Time for Implementation and Facilitation!

As energy ministers of the 28 Member States of the European Union are meeting today in Brussels to discuss the 2030 climate and energy framework, Eurofuel welcomes the policy emphasis on energy efficiency, already underlined in the latest European Council conclusions on 2030. Energy efficiency is the most important element in a meaningful and effective policy in the interest of EU’s climate and energy policies. Particularly in the residential sector, achieving primary energy savings should remain the main objective of the EU’s energy policy by 2030 and beyond.

The focus should be on facilitating the implementation of the already agreed legislation. There is a huge potential for energy savings in the heating sector, simply by facilitating consumers’ upgrade of their heating systems with new equipment complying with the agreed ecodesign measures.

Find out more in Eurofuel’s position paper on energy efficiency
pdfEurofuel Paper on Energy Efficiency


13 November 2014

Eurofuel launches a new Multi-Energy Hybrid Vision for sustainable, secure and affordable heating

Eurofuel is delighted to present its new vision for the future of buildings’ energy supply. On the occasion of the general assembly of Eurofuel’s German member, IWO, on 13 November 2014, Prof. Christian Küchen, the president of Eurofuel, introduced a document setting out the industry’s perspectives for Europe’s heating systems towards 2020 and beyond. This new “Multi-Energy Hybrid Vision” outlines the opportunities for reducing energy use in buildings and reinforcing Europe’s security of energy supply through a smart combination of highly efficient, state-of-the-art oil heating technologies and renewable energy input.

Prof. Küchen said: “Reducing our energy use is clearly a priority in Europe, to save our environment and secure our energy supply. In buildings, which represent some 40% of Europe’s energy needs, liquid fuels help achieve these objectives in a very cost-effective way, thanks to highly efficient heating systems. Hybrid systems, which also integrate renewable energy, such as solar heat or renewable electricity surpluses, offer the perfect mix between efficient, green and secure energy, at reduced costs”.

Eurofuel’s Secretary General Sabine Heyman said: “Eurofuel is glad to present this new vision document at a time when European Union, national and local institutions are looking into ways of making our energy use more secure and sustainable, within the constraints of tight consumer and public finance. We are encouraging the new EU leadership to set up the right framework to incentivise primary energy savings at an affordable cost”. 

Please download Eurofuel’s new Multi-Energy Hybrid Vision here.


23 October 2014

Eurofuel calls on new EU leadership to adopt an effective energy policy

As European heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels today to agree on key elements of the EU’s energy and climate policy towards 2030, Eurofuel is encouraging the new leadership to design a sustainable, fair and effective energy policy. In a manifesto presented on 23 October in Vienna at a high-level energy policy symposium, organised by its Austrian member IWO Austria, Eurofuel calls upon the next College of Commissioners and the new European Parliament elected in May to put the emphasis on implementing the ambitious energy legislation already agreed upon, instead of introducing new legislation, targets and measures. Eurofuel also urges EU decision-makers to facilitate change at an affordable cost for the EU’s households and economies. In the field of heating, a realistic approach is needed to encourage households to save energy through heating system upgrades. Excessive requirements may actually be counterproductive and lead consumers to keep their old equipment.

“We very much welcome the emphasis Mr Juncker is putting on having the right structure for the Commission to deliver policies in the real interest of citizens and Europe’s economy. Highly efficient oil heating technologies are clearly part of the solution to the EU’s energy supply conundrum, while at the same time facilitating the deployment of renewable energy sources and minimising consumer costs”, said Eurofuel’s President, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Küchen.

“Now that the way is cleared up for the Juncker team to take office on 1st November, we look forward to a constructive cooperation with the new Commission, Parliament and Council, over the next five years”, said Eurofuel’s Secretary General, Sabine Heyman.

Read the Eurofuel Policy Manifesto
pdfEurofuel Policy Manifesto

Find out more about IWO Austria’s energy symposium here


19 December 2013

Hybrid systems are the future of oil heating, says European Commission Adviser

In an interview with the Finnish Petroleum Federation’s periodical Lämmöllä, Pirjo-Liisa Koskimäki, an Adviser for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, seems confident that the European Union will reach its 2020 energy and climate targets, including on energy efficiency. Ms Koskimäki recommends that all those who have chosen to revamp their oil fired heating systems ought to consider supplementing it with hybrid systems, such as heat pumps, heat retaining fireplaces, solar or wood heating.



18 December 2013

Concrete targets but technology-neutral approach: The key for cost-optimal building renovation

A study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) and the Research Centre for Real Estate Business Administration (FBI) of TU Darmstadt, conducted on behalf of Eurofuel’s German member, the Institute for Heating and Oil Technology (IWO), indicates that choosing a technology-independent approach is the best cost-optimal way to achieve building renovation and reduce primary energy savings. A technology-independent approach allows property owners to decide freely on the energy saving measures they want to carry out, as long as the targets are ultimately achieved. This is the path taken so far in the German Energy Saving Ordinance. Alternatively, in a technology-based approach, the legislator imposes the type of measures and the timeframe for their implementation on owners, which is the case for instance with the German Renewable Energy Laws.

To achieve Germany’s objective of 80% energy savings by 2050, the study shows that the overall cost for the society would be 22% lower with a technology-independent approach (€ 1.7 trillion against 2.1 trillion). For individual owners, the bill could be up to 33% lower than with a technology imposed by the legislator.



17 December 2013

Switching energy does not bring any environmental gain

Replacing an old boiler with a high-efficiency installation saves a significant amount of energy and substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Switching energy does not. This is the conclusion of a recent update to the study conducted in 2005 by the consultancy firm Intertek RDC on the complete life cycle (from source to burning). The update also confirms the conclusions from the study in a market with only high-efficiency condensing boilers.

The 2005 study concluded: “Switching from a heating oil boiler to a gas boiler in Belgium in 2005 does not lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Taking into account the complete life cycle of both fuels, from extraction to burning in a domestic heating boiler purchased in 2005 and operating for 20 years, the average quantity of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the next one hundred years is greater (+0.1%) for a gas-fired boiler than for a heating oil boiler”. The study assumed that one quarter of the additional natural gas used will come from liquid natural gas (50% from Algeria and 50% from the Middle East) and three-quarters from ‘non-liquid’ natural gas (75% from Russia and 25% from the Caspian Sea region). The update of the study is based on actualised assumptions regarding the source of liquid natural gas (100% Middle East – Qatar).

The update was carried out by Kurt Van Campenhout, Technical Director at the Belgian centre for technical and scientific information on heating oil, Cedicol. 



16 December 2013

Austrian consumers unanimous about the benefits of modernising their boilers

According to a survey conducted for Eurofuel’s Austrian member IWO Austria, 87% of the consumers who modernised their oil heating appliance over the past three years considered this decision “very good”, 11% considered it “good”. IWO Austria has been very active to encourage oil heating customers to modernise their boilers. € 15 million is mobilised on a yearly basis by industry organisations to subsidise modernisation works, which reduces the necessary investment by homeowners. The amount of energy saved with a new oil condensing boiler is impressive, sometimes above 60% savings in the consumed heating oil.

This brochure gives figures and details about a few “exemplary houses” which used the subsidy scheme.



06 September 2013

More efficient heating in Europe: Yes… but for everyone!

Eurofuel welcomes the publication today of major regulations setting minimum ecodesign standards and energy labelling rules for space heaters and water heaters. However, we are very much concerned with the planned change of labelling classes after six years. Further efforts are needed to enable each European citizen to save energy at an affordable cost.



30 July 2013

Shell BDH study on building heating

Shell BDH study on building heating: facts, trends and perspectives on heating solutions for 2030. Climate protection in the housing sector. How do we heat tomorrow?

The study is available here


04 March 2013

Air Quality: Regulation is not always the best answer

In a reply to the European Commission’s public consultation on air quality, Eurofuel stresses the major progress achieved in the oil heating sector through industry efforts. The industry has developed and deployed new and more efficient boilers, as well as new products (including low-sulphur heating oil). A technology-neutral approach should be taken as regards air pollution.


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28 February 2013

Making the EU energy labelling system work for heaters: Future review needed to encourage energy upgrades for all!

Eurofuel is and has always been very much supportive of the adoption of energy labelling rules for heaters, but calls for a future review to encourage energy upgrades for all. The artificially low ranking of highly efficient oil systems according to the new energy labelling measures will most likely discourage consumers to upgrade their systems. A revision will be needed.



14 February 2013

Austrian boiler replacement scheme: Example of best practice for the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Eurofuel is particularly honoured to see its Austrian member IWO’s successful boiler replacement programme, “Heizen mit Öl”, presented as an example of best practice for energy provider-delivered energy efficiency by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Grayson Heffner, the author of the report, is presenting the document at Eurofuel’s breakfast debate on 9 April. Find out more about this scheme in the IEA report or our online case study!


18 May 2012

Financing Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Prioritise cost-effective measures!

As a response to the European Commission’s public consultation on financing energy efficiency in buildings, Eurofuel argues for a realistic approach. In times of economic difficulties and budget constraints, public means should be invested in priority in promoting the most cost-effective measures, such as heating system modernisation works. Beyond public resources, the oil heating industry has long invested in very successful energy saving schemes, which support customers in replacing their heating systems.



02 March 2012

Ecolabel and GPP Criteria for Hydronic Central Heating Generators: Eurofuel criticises discriminatory approach

Eurofuel expresses serious concerns on the draft Ecolabel and Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for hydronic central heating generators. The version proposed by the Commission would prevent even the most efficient oil boilers from obtaining an Ecolabel. Eurofuel calls for an approach which does not discriminate against certain energy sources but incentivises manufacturers to produce the most efficient equipment.



04 July 2011

Energy Taxation Directive: Eurofuel calls for focus on energy content of fuels

In order to have a technology-neutral and consumer-friendlier approach to energy taxation, Eurofuel recommends focusing on the single parameter with a real impact on Europe’s energy consumption: the energy content of fuels.



20 May 2011

Ecodesign and energy labelling for boilers: Eurofuel calls for a fair and efficient system

Eurofuel welcomes improvements made to the draft measures but calls for further efforts to achieve a fair and efficient system, particularly as regards the energy labelling scale and the calculation of seasonal space heating efficiency of modulating vs. non-modulating boilers.



07 March 2011

Energy Roadmap 2050: Eurofuel calls for focus on primary energy reduction

In a reply to the European Commission’s consultation on the Energy Roadmap 2050, Eurofuel stresses that the priority towards 2050 should be the reduction of primary energy use. Regulators should follow a technology-neutral approach.



Case Studies

  • United Kingdom & Ireland

    How oil condensing boilers have helped reduce heating costs and CO2 emissions in UK and Ireland

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  • Germany

    Power-to-heat in oil-fired hybrid heating systems: Effectively combining the power and heating markets

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  • France

    Hybrid systems, the best solution to reduce the Electric Peak Load

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