FuelsEurope Policy Priorities

FuelsEurope is the association representing the interest of 40 companies operating in the European Union manufacturing and distributing liquid fuels and products for mobility, energy & feedstocks for EU industrial value chains. It is one of the most important industry sectors in the EU and is committed to contribute to the Green Deal’s ambition for climate neutrality in 2050.

Our industry is currently engaged in an ambitious low-carbon transition of its business and operations, aiming at achieving the double objective of contributing to the decarbonisation targets of the EU economy, while enhancing the security of affordable energy supply society needs.

This transition will go beyond the progressive replacement of traditional fossil fuels by, renewable, low carbon and sustainable fuels for all transport modes; it will also address the whole industrial value chain including e.g., petrochemical feedstocks, bitumen, lubricants, solvents and other.

The 2024 – 2029 EU Institutions cycle will play a key role in enabling the fuels manufacturing industry and its refining assets to transform its assets and contribute to the EU climate objectives.

Key Recommendations

Ensure European Strategic Energy Security, paving the way to Energy Autonomy

  • Energy security should be at the heart of the European policy-making;
  • Protect the international competitiveness of the EU industry challenged by a complex regulatory environment. Among other measures, include adequate export mechanism in the CBAM - such as an export adjustment- until a worldwide consistency in carbon price is achieved;
  • Call for a pragmatic and effective chemical legislation, allowing for fit-for-purpose methods to assess UVCB substances and aligned with global regulations.

Achieve net zero in 2050: powering investment in transformation

  • Provide an enabling framework for the industrial transformation of the fuel manufacturing industry, providing investors with clear, long-term signals to invest in renewable and low carbon energy;
  • Promote a technology open approach, providing incentives to scale up all the relevant decarbonisation technologies helping the energy & climate transition;
  • Regulatory framework for decarbonisation of transport should recognise the zero CO₂ nature of emissions produced by vehicles powered by sustainable biofuels, biogases, or synthetic fuels;

Fueling Europe’s industrial future

  • Only a combination of both electrification and other technologies would allow a faster and efficient decarbonisation of transport, while benefitting the EU economy and society;
  • The roll out of renewable energy technologies for mobility should be incentivised by suitable and well-defined tax regimes to help renewable low-carbon liquid fuels development and deployment;
  • Call for the continuation of the valuable work of the Renewable and Low-Carbon Fuels Value Chain Alliance.