Statements

  • 20 June 2017
    UPEI Statement: Fuel Price Comparison (FPC)

    UPEI, the voice of Europe’s independent fuel suppliers, believes that the interest of the consumer is primordial in drawing up a common methodology for a fuel price comparison system. The system must demonstrate added value. It should be introduced in such a way as to avoid confusion and unnecessary financial and administrative burden on the 100,000 plus retail stations across the EU that will be required to implement it.

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  • 02 June 2017
    UPEI & ECFD Statement: Recommendations for the Revision of Directive 2003/59/EC on the Qualification Requirements for Drivers of Road Vehicles

    ECFD and UPEI welcome the European Commission’s proposal to review and update the EU CPC Directive. The proposed text reflects the key concerns of the professional tank drivers’ as highlighted throughout the evaluation process.

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  • 03 April 2017
    UPEI & ECFD Statement: Setting the framework for renewables fuel in transport and heating

    UPEI and ECFD welcome the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package and in particular the proposal for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive and the draft regulation on Governance of the Energy Union. UPEI and ECFD believe that these proposals should be strengthened to ensure that they are inclusive and balanced, built on realistic assumptions and keep the functioning of the internal market at their core.

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  • 24 January 2017
    UPEI Statement: Joint Letter with ACEA, ACEM and FuelsEurope on the introduction of fuel identifiers in the EU

    In a pdfjoint letter, UPEI together with ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers), ACEM (Motorcycle Industry in Europe) and FuelsEurope (European based refiners and fuel suppliers) call upon EU member states and the European Commission to help take the necessary actions to allow for the introduction of common fuel ‘identifiers’ in a consistent and harmonised way.  

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  • 19 December 2016
    UPEI Statement: Lowering Emissions in Transport

    UPEI welcomes the European Union’s efforts to bring down emissions in the transport sector in its low emission mobility strategy, and the concrete proposals of the recently published Winter Package

    UPEI stresses independent fuel suppliers’ solid track record in reducing GHG emissions through the supply of alternative fuels and calls on the European Union to create the framework whereby all fuels in Europe’s transport fuel mix can be recognised for their contribution to lowering emissions.  This should be based on objective analysis of the sustainability (full lifecycle) of each powertrain.  Implications with regard to security of supply, competitiveness and consumers should also be assessed in keeping with the EU’s overall objectives for the Energy Union.  This is essential in order to preserve European assets and jobs whilst moving to a cleaner society. 

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  • 08 December 2016
    UPEI Statement: Graphical Expression for Consumer Information on Fuel / Vehicle Compatibility

    UPEI, the voice of Europe’s independent fuel suppliers, welcomes the new EN 16942 European Standard that introduces harmonised graphic symbols for liquid and gaseous fuels to be displayed on vehicles (and manuals) and at dispensers and refueling points.  This measure is designed to provide consumers with information on the compatibility of their vehicles with the growing number of fuels on the market.  “This is an excellent example of how, when policy makers and economic operators work together, we can bring practical and cost effective solutions” commented UPEI President, Thierry De Meulder. 

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  • 18 November 2016
    UPEI Statement: Evaluation of Directive 2009/119/EC

    Europe’s Independent Fuel Suppliers welcome the EU Consultation on the Evaluation of Directive 2009/119/EC imposing an obligation on Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products, believing that stakeholders and citizens’ views and suggestions are crucial for future legislation.

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  • 20 July 2016
    UPEI Press Release: A European strategy for low-emission mobility

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  • 13 July 2016
    UPEI Press Release: MEPs' move to empower consumers welcomed by Europe's independent fuel suppliers

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  • 12 July 2016
    UPEI Position Paper: Renewable Energy Directive II - post 2020

    UPEI, the voice of Europe’s independent fuel suppliers, calls for the RED II to provide a clear framework for the further promotion of renewable energy. It should adopt an inclusive approach, allowing all market players to contribute, including independent fuel suppliers, predominantly SMEs. This requires policies which facilitate solutions that are sustainable, technology neutral, empower the consumer, build on existing infrastructure and are not heavily dependent on subsidies. 

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  • 25 May 2016
    UPEI Statement: Draft EP Report on EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling

    UPEI welcomes the EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling and believes that this creates opportunities to stimulate further developments towards greater efficiency gains in the sector across Europe. However, it is important that a technology neutral approach is ensured in order for all modern heating technologies to play their part. UPEI believes that policies should be fair and based on performance, rather than favouring certain technologies and solutions. 

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  • 01 October 2015
    UPEI Statement: Energy Union Governance – The need for a balanced and proportionate framework

    Since the publication of the Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union in February 2015, UPEI has consistently supported the Commission’s work to roll out its Strategy. UPEI believes that having a well-designed Governance Framework is indeed of paramount importance, especially when it comes to setting a positive investment climate, and ultimately ensuring the success of the Energy Union as a whole.

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  • 01 July 2015
    UPEI Statement: The role of heating oil in a sustainable heating strategy for Europe

    UPEI welcomes the Commission’s plans to propose new policy and legislative initiatives aimed at fostering energy efficiency in the heating sector in the efforts towards a lowcarbon economy. UPEI stresses in particular that being the closest to the consumer in the fuel supply sector, independent fuel suppliers are in a unique position to respond to today’s demand in the heating sector.

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  • 01 June 2015
    UPEI Statement: Clean and Sustainable Transport

    UPEI welcomes the Commission’s plans to propose new policy and legislative initiatives aimed at rendering Europe’s transport more sustainable, clean and secure, as well as the efforts invested in the transition towards a low-carbon economy in Europe. Being the closest to the consumer in the fuel supply sector, UPEI members are in a unique position to respond to today’s transport sector challenges.

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  • 01 May 2015
    UPEI Statement: The Key Dimensions of the Energy Union

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  • 01 April 2015
    UPEI Statement: The Energy Union Strategy

    The Union of European Petroleum Independents (UPEI) welcomes the Energy Union Strategy and its aim of delivering secure, affordable and sustainable energy to Europe’s consumers. UPEI calls for competitiveness to be at the heart of the approach to achieving this goal. We support actions designed to fully integrate the European energy market and to promote energy efficiency as a key dimension of future policies. On the transition to a low carbon economy, UPEI calls for an enhanced policy dialogue which recognizes the contribution of current and future energy sources, in order to guarantee a smooth and viable transition for Europe’s households and businesses.

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  • 01 January 2015
    Press Release: UPEI raises concern at the introduction of B8 diesel in France

    UPEI wishes to raise its concern at the measures introduced by the French Government by Ministerial Order of 3 January 2015. By this Ministerial Order, the specification for diesel sold in France has been modified to increase the level of FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) to a maximum of 8% by volume. This is not in conformity with the existing EU standards and specifications for diesel fuel EN590 which set the maximum FAME content at 7% and are designed to ensure coherence throughout Europe, guaranteeing consumer protection.

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  • 01 January 2015
    Press Release: UPEI announces new Presiding Board

    UPEI is pleased to present the composition of its new Presiding Board, which took up office on 1 January 2015. President: Thierry DE MEULDER Vice Presidents: Erik DE VRIES Ivan INDRAČEK Emmanuel RIU Teresa SAYERS.

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  • 01 December 2014
    Press Release: Energy imports in Europe are not a threat to security of supply

    UPEI launched yesterday in Brussels the study “Does Dependency Equal Vulnerability? Energy Imports in Germany and Europe” at a debate organised by the Kangaroo Group in the European Parliament asking the question “Can Europe get along without importing energy”.

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  • 30 September 2014
    UPEI Statement: Directive on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure

    In light of the adoption by the Council of the European Union of the Directive on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure on 29 September, UPEI wishes to draw attention to the challenges that this legislation brings, and to confirm its intention to engage constructively with all parties to meet these challenges, whilst taking account of the cost implications and the evolution of the fuels market in Europe.

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  • 19 June 2012
    50 Years Independents in the European Oil Industry

    Speech by Mr Helmut Weisser, former UPEI President.

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