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Independent suppliers play a crucial role in the energy sector by bringing competition to a market; which is constantly evolving. Their independence enables them to respond quickly in terms of market disruptions, providing security at a local, regional, and national level. With this aim, UPEI has created five Commissions – one of each of the main business activities of the UPEI membership – consisting of experts fully committed to promoting the transition towards a more sustainable, resilient, and community-engaged sector aligned with the market needs. 

Bunkering Commission

Bunkering is the act of supplying a ship with marine fuel, which includes the logistics of loading and distributing the fuel among available shipboard tanks. Bunkers (ships) are supplied through various means, such as bunker barges, pipelines, and road tankers, depending on the port and the accessibility to the ship.  

The Bunkering Commission promotes quality and sustainability options that ensure deliveries in the ports are safe, efficient, and ecologically responsible. Sustainable maritime fuels, the Fuel EU Maritime Regulation proposal, or the implication of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), are topics that remain at the top of the agenda.

Fuel Payments Commission

Fuel Payments mean the monthly payment for fuel, if any. In this regard, UPEI activities focus on fuel payments cards, which aim to allow the employees (drivers) of the customers of the fuel card issuer the payment of goods and services related to mobility on the road. This payment instrument easily enables one to pay without cash and control the costs associated with refueling.

The Fuel Payments Commission is committed to providing support and clarification to the legislators to ensure that the spirit of the Revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) regarding fuel cards is properly transposed in all local legislations across the European Union.

Importing/Trading/Wholesale Commission

The Importing/Trading/ Wholesale Commission gathers importers and wholesale/retail distributors of energy for the transport and heating sector, supplying Europe’s customers independently of the major energy producers.

This group of experts analyses the implications of the European Union “Fit for 55” package, follow-up national developments, and legislative updates, such as the Regulation on the new Euromarker (ACCUTRACETM PLUS), to promote solutions that guarantee sustainability and local communities' well-being.

Retail Stations Commission

Retail Stations are service stations dispensing motor fuel from containers equipped with computer-types pumps that measure fuel passing through it. Hence, the Retail Stations Commission focus on providing accurate insight into the future of mobility, the implications of the "Fit for 55" legislative proposals, and national developments, such as measures taken to offset increased energy prices on the consumer and companies.

Joint Retail Heating Commission

UPEI, in collaboration with the European Confederation of Fuel Distributors (ECFD), the European Heating Oil Association (Eurofuel), and FuelsEurope, manage the Retail Heating Commission, which is committed to ensuring European household heating with liquid fuels that facilitate the transition to a decarbonised economy.

The Joint Retail Heating Commission helps policymakers to provide pragmatic approaches to achieve policy objectives while integrating renewable energy that does not punish technologies. To do so, this group of experts encourages innovation, public awareness, social fairness, and the recognition of the distribution of liquid fuels as a service that improves air quality, contributes to mitigating climate change, and reduces emissions.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the UPEI Secretariat.