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90% of current transport energy comes from petroleum products and this share could still be 80% by 2035. read more

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Many European refineries are closely integrated with the petrochemical industry which Employs 750.000 people in Europe people and accounts for 240 billion euro annual sales. read more

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European Refineries provide a reliable supply to European consumers and industries within a global and highly competitive marketplace read more

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European Refiners spend around €5B a year to maintain and upgrade their equipment, creating demand and jobs with engineering contractors and equipment suppliers. read more

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Europe’s refineries add significant economic value to the economy: €23B a year of added value to local and national economies and €270B a year in taxes and duties on fuels for Member States. read more

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140.000 people operate EU refineries safely and efficiently and the industry has one of the highest proportion of skilled workers in the sector. read more

FuelsEurope was known until June 2014 as EUROPIA, which was formed in 1989 to represent the interests of Companies conducting refinery operations in the EU with the EU Institutions.

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FuelsEurope members together representing almost the entire crude oil capacity in the EU.

  • STATE OF THE ENERGY UNION: a welcome update, but no recognition of the role ...

    Brussels, 18 November 2015: FuelsEurope welcomes the first State of the Energy Union, as an important instrument to identify progress made and next steps for the achievement of the objectives of the Energy Union, but regrets that the key role of petroleum products is neglected in the report.   

    FuelsEurope welcomes the first State of the Energy Union, as an important instrument to identify progress made and next steps for the achievement of the objectives of the Energy Union,

    FuelsEurope welcomes in particular the renewed focus on energy efficiency and innovation, and the respective accompanying measures to help investors access financial resources.

    John Cooper, Director General FuelsEurope, commented “we regret however that both the energy security and the “decarbonisation of the economy” dimensions once again neglect to consider the key role of petroleum products, as stated in the Commission's 2014 Communication on the European Energy Security Strategy, which recognized the importance to maintain competitive refining capacities in Europe in order to avoid overdependence on imported refined petroleum products”.

    As Commissioner Arias Cañete replied In June 2015 to a written question by MEP Elisabetta Gardini, the EU refining industry has some of the most energy efficient and innovative refineries in the world, and has invested significantly to “meet the expectations of continued high demand for middle distillates, especially road diesel, at least in the few years to come”. He also stated that “supporting the efforts of the EUs refining industry to be efficient and innovative provide added value and can contribute to meet our strong climate and environmental objectives while at the same time safeguarding the competitiveness of refineries in the EU”.

    With respect to two other most important issues covered in the State of the Energy Union, the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) and the carbon leakage rules to safeguard the international competitiveness of the EU industry, John Cooper mentioned “we would like to share our views as reported in FuelsEurope Position Paper on Climate Change ( ) and Position on the revision of the ETS Directive” ( ).

    In conclusion, FuelsEurope confirms its support to the process of the Energy Union and will keep contributing to the policy debate underlining the importance of the oil refining industry for the European security of energy supply and for a reduction of GHG emissions which does not undermine the international competitiveness of the EU industrial supply chain.

  • FuelsEurope presents its position on Climate Change and launches the Save More Than Fuel ...

    FuelsEurope calls for an effective global agreement at COP21 and in support of the conference objectives launches its Save More than Fuel campaign, promoting efficient driving behavior to reduce emissions.

  • The ETS reform proposal falls short of effectively protecting EU refineries against carbon leakage

    FuelsEurope welcomes the focus of the Commission on carbon leakage protection and the recognition of the key role of Energy Intensive Industries in the European economy. However, ETS proposals fail to provide sufficient structural improvements to current carbon leakage provisions. As a result of insufficient free allocation since the beginning of Phase III the EU Refining industry is already partly exposed to the risk of carbon leakage. The sector therefore urgently needs fair, effective and simple solutions to the issue of carbon leakage after 2020. Unfortunately, current flaws in the system which remain unaddressed will lead following FuelsEurope’s preliminary assessment to an additional cost of about 10 Billion € for European refineries over Phase IV.

  • The competitiveness of Energy Intensive Industries is a pre-condition to EU growth

    Open Statement to the European Commission

  • Answer to written question on Energy Union and petroleum products
  • Outcome of the 5th EU Refining Forum

    During the 5th Refining Forum the Commission concluded that the Refining Fitness Check shows the impact of EU legislation on EU refining industry.

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