The liquid fuel heating sector welcomes the “Energy Efficiency First” principle and calls for a fair and progressive transition to a low-carbon energy that facilitates innovation in Europe
The European Commission adopted today a major legislative package which should help Europeans on the way to a more efficient and cleaner use of energy. Eurofuel, representing the European liquid fuel heating sector, welcomes an ambitious milestone for the EU to achieve its commitments to mitigate climate change and ensure all citizens benefit from an evolving energy model.
We are particularly pleased to see the principle of “Energy Efficiency first” enshrined in this winter package. Dr. Ernst-Moritz Bellingen, the President of Eurofuel, said: “Reducing Europe’s use of primary energy should rightly stay the compass of legislation affecting buildings and heating systems. Energy savings should come first, as they result in lower bills for households and automatically lead to similar reductions of greenhouse gas emissions”. Better consumer information and incentives are crucial to encourage savings in buildings, such as the replacement of an old heater with a highly efficient condensing boiler.
Facilitating the deployment of fully renewable and hybrid heating systems is also an important endeavour. Adequate incentives should be available to facilitate their development. However, the main driving parameter for legislation should in our view remain energy efficiency, allowing an open competition among existing and future technologies.
The coupling of power and heat sectors can also facilitate the best use of renewable electricity and a fair deal for consumers. Heating systems using renewable electricity when it is widely available and cheap, with an autonomous storage of energy in liquid fuels as back-up for periods when renewable electricity is more demanded and expensive, are part of the solution to capacity and storage issues.
Such developments will be continued in the future. Eurofuel’s Secretary General Tristan Suffys said: “Oil heating systems are already helping to deploy renewables in heating. Through more efficient technologies, hybrid heating systems, coupling with renewable electricity, the cleaner processing and progressive replacement of fossil with bio and synthetic fuels, liquid fuels have a major role to play to facilitate a fair and affordable energy transition. Heating systems based on liquid fuels provide households with a safe, reliable and autonomous stock of energy, which is particularly important in rural and remote areas”.
We believe that a technology-neutral and objective-driven approach represents the best way forward. “Excessive intervention of authorities in the selection of technologies should be avoided as it can easily result in blocking innovation and reducing consumer choice”, Suffys added.
“Today’s package has “All Europeans” at its core. This is good news for those of us convinced that a proper energy transition cannot succeed without a conducive framework that allows each and every citizen to play a part and benefit. Consumers should be empowered to make informed choices according to their preferences and financial capacities”, Bellingen concluded
Eurofuel is the European Heating Oil Association, which represents the national organisations that promote the use of liquid fuels for domestic heating in 10 European countries, including over 10,000 companies. Heating oil is nowadays an important and very efficient source of energy to provide comfortable temperatures in homes of millions of Europeans. It is a perfect back-up to accompany the deployment of renewable energy sources. Increasingly, multi-energy hybrid heating systems are being developed. Thanks to unique storage capacities, heating oil ensures a constant and reliable energy supply whenever the combined renewable systems cannot deliver. In difficult economic times, highly efficient modern oil heating systems combined with renewable systems represent a cost-effective and realistic option for households to reduce their energy consumption at a lower cost and contribute to save our environment.
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