Ref. Ares(2018)3440650 - 28/06/2018
(Fuels Europe) and
Fuels Europe's participants
Messages from Fuels Europe:
• Zero emissions by 2050 is a very ambitious objective which could damage the
competitiveness of the EU if the EU goes alone towards this objective The solution must
• To meet the EU and global climate change mitigation objectives, low carbon electrons
and low carbon molecules will be needed. While electricity offers a viable alternative for
passenger cars and vans in cities, low carbon liquid fuels are needed for long haul heavy
duty road transport, aviation and marine fuels.
• Many technologies are needed to produce low-carbon liquids such as sustainable biofuels,
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU),
renewable hydrogen and power-to liquids.
• EU refineries are perfectly placed to be low carbon manufacturing centres integrated
within a cluster of industries. The refineries of the future will use new feedstocks such as
renewable feedstocks, wastes and efficient technologies to capture CO2.
• The European co-legislators should include a GHG emissions correction factor, based on
the savings by the use of renewable fuels, to determine the tailpipe emissions from
vehicles running with renewable fuels pure or blended with conventional fuels or natural
• A Strategic Action Plan for low carbon liquid and gaseous fuels is needed, similar to the
Strategic Action Plan for Batteries.
stated that the EU is committed to comply with the Paris Agreement. In this respect,
a major GHG emissions reduction from transport is needed. The Commission's proposals under
the 2nd and 3rd Mobility packages represent a first step to implement, from the transport side, the
EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement. He confirmed that, as established in the "EU Low
Emission Strategy", low carbon liquid and gaseous fuels can significantly contribute to the
decarbonisation of transport mainly in heavy duty road transport, aviation and maritime transport.
highlighted that already a significant EU support is given to low emission fuels,
alternative fuels infrastructure and vehicles under the Connecting Europe Facility programme,
Horizon 2020, EFSI and FCH JU.