• 01 December 2022
    Presentation at Excise Contact Group
  • 07 November 2022
    CO2 Emissions Standards for cars and vans

    Following the agreement between the European Parliament and the EU Council on the CO2 Emissions Standards for cars and vans, EU Commissioner for Industry Thierry Breton warned of the “gigantic disruption” that the expected ban on combustion engines will bring to one of the EU’s core industries. 

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  • 23 June 2022
    UPEI Press Release: UPEI decisions following its General Meeting (7,8/04/2022)
  • 23 June 2022
    UPEI Vacancy: Communications and Office Manager
  • 23 June 2022
    UPEI Press Release: UPEI new Secretary General
  • 23 June 2022
    UPEI Press Release: UPEI new President ad interim
  • 06 September 2021
    UPEI Vacancy: Secretary General
  • 24 March 2021
    Fuels Mobility event | 6 - 8 October 2021 | Bologna (Italy)


    The Fuels Mobility event scheduled to take place in Bologna, Italy on 4-6 July has been postponed to 4-6 October 2021.

    Fuels Mobility is the new trade fair and conference event dedicated to service stations and their transformation in response to different energy vectors. The ongoing evolution is leading the change from petrol stations to multi-energy and multi-service retailers, in line with the new requirements of sustainable mobility and in strong connection with the consumer.

    Fuels Mobility will focus on traditional and alternative fuels, and especially on the emerging electric mobility sector. The number of recharging stations is constantly growing in Italy, as well as in Europe, thanks to the gradual implementation of the National Plan dedicated to electric mobility, which aims to create a widespread and efficient recharging infrastructure throughout the country.

    UPEI supports the event, which will offer the opportunity to explore alternative fuels' use in contexts ranging from service stations for road transport to refuelling points dedicated to naval and air transport.

    In a scenario increasingly characterized by the ecological and digital transition and by sustainable mobility, Fuels Mobility also intends to offer businesses, representatives of associations and federations, independent operators and suppliers in the sector, the opportunity to take part in a series of meetings and discussions - online and offline - to outline together the new course of sustainable mobility.

    Alongside Fuels Mobility, Bologna will host, in one single venue, an integrated and synergic vision of strategic sectors that are key to an economic recovery that prioritizes the environment (as has been emphasised in the EU guidelines) with:

    • H2O, the International Water Exhibition at this edition will propose exhibition pathways dedicated to digital technologies, treatments and distribution systems, with a focus on sustainability;
    • CH4, the event dedicated to technologies and systems for the transport and distribution of gas;
    • HESE-Hydrogen Energy Summit&Expo, an initiative aimed at developing the hydrogen sector;
    • ConferenzaGNL, an initiative to promote the direct uses of Liquid Natural Gas in the Euro-Mediterranean area;
    • Dronitaly, an event for the Italian community involved in drone technology. Dronitaly will foster debate on the most pertinent and urgent themes concerning technologies that are playing an increasingly important role in the management of networks and in environmental protection.



  • 29 January 2021
    UPEI welcomes new Business Partner: ryd (Germany)

    UPEI is pleased to announce the new partnership with ryd.

    ryd is a product of ThinxNet GmbH, a fast growing IoT / FinTech start-up from Munich. Founded in 2014, ThinxNet puts the digital future on the road. ryd is a connected car platform focusing on ryd pay and ryd box. ryd pay is the largest cross-brand solution for mobile payments directly at the gas pump. The ryd box, an OBD2 connector, turns every car into a SmartCar. With ryd pay, payment is made directly via app at the fuel pump or in the car. Therefore, going into the petrol station shop becomes unnecessary. Fast, convenient and secure thanks to security and encryption mechanisms according to banking standards. In addition to the ryd app as a direct channel, ryd enable third parties such as navigation apps, in-car payment from car manufacturers or apps to use the pay@pump features via an API or SDK implementation. 

    Currently ryd is available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and will soon be expanding into Benelux, Spain and Portugal.
    By 2024, ryd pay will be available throughout the EU.

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  • 02 November 2020
    UPEI joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance

    The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance has been established by the European Commission to support the development of a clean and globally competitive hydrogen industry in Europe. The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance aims at an ambitious deployment of hydrogen technologies by 2030, bringing together renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production, demand in industry, mobility and other sectors, and hydrogen transmission and distribution. With the Alliance, the EU wants to build its global leadership in this domain, to support the EU’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
    The Alliance brings together industry, national and local public authorities, civil society and other stakeholders and is strongly anchored in the hydrogen value chain, covering renewable and low-carbon hydrogen from production via transmission to mobility, industry, energy, and heating applications.

    UPEI and its members are committed to the European Union’s ambition of reaching a climate-neutral economy by 2050, and will seek to contribute to achieving this target through the supply of carbon-neutral fuels. How this contribution may materialise has been further developed in UPEI 2050 Vision.

    In particular, UPEI members are currently involved in clean hydrogen as they build and operate retail stations across Europe where users can refuel hydrogen powered vehicles and as they repurpose their existing supply and distribution infrastructure to adapt to the growing demand for low carbon fuels, including hydrogen. Moreover, since they are the interface between energy producers and consumers, they communicate the energy transition to drivers and raise awareness on alternative fuels, including hydrogen.

    By joining the Alliance, we will to contribute by:

    1. Bringing our expertise with the supply, storage, distribution (wholesale and retail) of hydrogen and other energies for road transport;
    2. Highlighting the implications of repurposing the existing fuel/energy supply and distribution infrastructure to accommodate hydrogen and derived synthetic fuels;
    3. Discussing the opportunities for hydrogen and derived synthetic fuels in off-grid areas;
    4. Bringing the perspective of SMEs and independent companies acting in the supply chain.

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  • 22 October 2020
    ACI’s European E-Fuels Conference


    The European E-Fuels Conference scheduled to take place in Hamburg, Germany on the 4th & 5th of November 2020 has been postponed.

    ACI’s European E-Fuels Conference will be taking place in Hamburg, Germany on the 3rd & 4th of November 2021.


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  • 12 March 2020
    UPEI welcomes new member: STIGLECHNER (Austria)

    UPEI is pleased to announce the new membership of STIGLECHNER, headquartered in Linz, Austria.
    Stiglechner is one of the leading medium-sized oil companies in Austria and deals with the operation and supply of retail stations, as well as the distribution of fuel cards.
    Their filling station network currently includes more than 40 iQ stations, 115 Shell petrol stations and 15 Eni locations throughout Austria.
    The company is family-owned.

    For further details please visit https://stiglechner.com/

  • 08 January 2020
    UPEI welcomes new member: PRIO (Portugal)

    UPEI is pleased to announce the new membership of PRIO, headquartered in Ílhavo, Portugal.

    The company’s main purpose is to distribute and sell liquid fuels and produce biofuels offering a triple QSE (Quality, Safety and the Environment) certification.
    PRIO distributes and commercializes liquid fuels and electric energy for mobility, having a tank terminal, a biodiesel plant and a gas filling unit located in the Port of Aveiro.
    It has about 250 fuel stations all across Portugal, accounting for more than 2 million monthly customers and owns the largest private network of EV charging points in Portugal.

    For further details please visit prio.pt

  • 13 December 2019
    European Green Deal: don’t overlook liquids!

    "Liquid fuels offer unique opportunities for easy, secure, long term, high energy density storage in existing infrastructure".

    UPEI fully support Eric van den Heuvel (studio Gear Up, an independent strategic advisory firm in the field of bio-based and circular economy) message on the strategic importance of two main issues in the deployment of e-fuels in the transport and energy sector in Europe.

    Firstly, balancing the grid is crucial. While the grid can absorb the variability of electricity production to a certain level, capturing the intermittency power and storing it in, for example, e-fuels is an important tool for grid balancing.

    The second issue concerns energy storage. Two elements are important for storage of renewable electricity: the period of storage and the volume required for storage. Liquid fuels offer unique opportunities for easy, secure, long term, high energy density storage in existing infrastructure.

    While recent years have seen a strong focus on electrification, European policymakers should urgently consider a combination of both transport electrification and low-carbon liquid fuels as the only way to reach climate objectives in time and in a cost-effective manner.

    Read full article here.

  • 27 November 2019
    CEF Transport Blending Facility – call for funding

    The CEF Transport Blending Facility is an innovative approach to promote the substantial participation of private sector investors and financial institutions in projects contributing to the environmental sustainability and efficiency of the transport sector in Europe. The CEF Transport Blending Facility will support two areas that will deliver on the Commission's agenda for a clean and digital transport system:

    • Deployment of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS)
    • Deployment of Alternative Fuels

    It is implemented via a cooperation framework between the European Commission and Implementing Partners to support Blending Operations, i.e. investments combining the use of grants and/or financial instruments from the EU budget and financing from the Implementing Partners (via a loan, debt, equity or any other repayable form of support).

    With a budget of €198 million, the grant component of the Blending Operations under the CEF Transport Blending Facility is managed by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).
    Promoters can apply for the CEF TBF grants only with the support of the EIB or other Implementing Partners.

    In the context of the CEF Transport Blending Facility, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is the first Implementing Partner involved. The European Commission is currently negotiating agreements to define the involvement of other potential Implementing Partners. The list of all Implementing Partners of the CEF Transport Blending Facility will be published on INEA website.

    The rolling call for proposals for the CEF Transport Blending Facility has been published on 15 November 2019.
    It includes quarterly cut-off dates until March 2021, unless the budget would be exhausted earlier.
    Grant Application forms submitted by the Applicants, together with Application files submitted by the Implementing Partners will be evaluated by the European Commission after each cut-off date.

    The application process is described here.

  • 30 October 2019
    What's in the future for retail stations?

    What are the prospects for the fuel distribution sector? The debate is becoming more and more relevant in Europe, especially in light of the sustainability goals to achieve carbon neutrality in the long term.

    That is why UPEI has been advocating to ensure a level playing field and fair competition in the European fuel distribution network, and has recently published its 2050 vision to address also this topic, among others.

    Stressing on how the sector is constantly evolving, Cécile Nourigat, UPEI Secretary General, remarks that retail stations will continue to play a key role in the future, but they will have to respond promptly to new trends and challenges. 

    1) Digitization

    Simplifying payments process and improving the efficiency of all kind of operations, the opportunities offered by the internet of things and the use of big data will change the relation with customers and require a new approach.

    2) Multi-service hubs

    Customizing all the services and offering tailor-made solutions to customers (supervised car parks, fitness and shopping center next to parking areas...) is becoming more and more essential.
    While some of the options are induced by legislation (for instance the regulation on rest times for drivers, and the subsequent need for equipped rest areas), others will have to adapt and reflect people's new lifestyle.

    3) Multi-energy providers

    The supply of fuels will have to be more diversified, and retail stations have to adapt to the fuels scenario by offering different fuels.
    Since electric cars are estimated to represent around 10% of the car fleet at the European level by 2030, liquid fuels will remain relevant in the future, and will have to be available together with all the other options available.

    The timing and priorities of the strategic business choices are influenced by European policies. The regulations that set limitations on the emission of CO2 for new registrations or the next integration to the regulation that sets goals for the introduction of gaseous, electric or hydrogen products will inevitably reflect on the mobility habits of people and goods within the European borders and therefore on the structure of the distribution network of the future.

    Read the full article (in Italian) about the presentation given by Cécile Nourigat at the conference organised by Assopetroli-Assoenergia during the Oil&nonOil exhibition in Rome (23-24 October 2019).

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  • 27 September 2019
    How to prepare for Brexit - Customs guide for businesses

    The European Commission’s Directorate General for Taxation and Customs (DG TAXUD) launched a communication campaign to nudge businesses to prepare for a possible “no-deal” Brexit scenario.

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  • 04 September 2019
    ACI’s European E-Fuels Conference

    UPEI supports the ACI’s European E-Fuels Conference in Munich (Germany) on 6 & 7 November 2019.

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  • 05 July 2019
    UPEI welcomes new member: OnTurtle (Spain)

    UPEI is pleased to announce the new membership of OnTurtle, headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. 

    OnTurtle offers a global Service to national and international transport professionals and companies. The commercialisation of fuel cards, a network of more than 1.500 service stations across Europe and the supply of all-round motorway services are Onturtle's way of accompanying its customers. In addition, OnTurtle is opening LNG and CNG gas stations rapidly growing in number in Spain, France and Belgium to support the increasing demand in the heavy-duty mobility sector for natural gas, as well as building up a secure parking network in all of Europe payable via Diesel fuel cards.

    With this new membership, UPEI reinforces its footprint in Spain and further develop the network of the independent fuel suppliers at European level.

    For further details please visit onturtle.eu

  • 07 June 2019
    UPEI welcomes new member: Benzin.bg (Bulgaria)

    UPEI is pleased to announce the associate membership of Benzin.bg, headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

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  • 22 May 2019
    Clean energy for all: Council adopts remaining files

    The Council today adopted the four remaining files of the "Clean energy for all Europeans" package.

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  • 17 May 2019
    Amazon click&collect counter service now available at service stations

    Amazon is launching a network of collection points in Italy and in the UK, as part of the Amazon Hub range of services. 

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  • 30 April 2019
    UPEI Appoints PetrolWorld as International Media Partner
  • 10 January 2019
    UPEI vacancy - Communications and Office Manager

    UPEI is looking for a Communications and Office Manager for its Brussels office.

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  • 22 November 2018
    Prognos Presentation: Status and Perspectives of Liquid Energy Sources in the Energy Transition
  • 24 September 2018
    Decarbonisation through new liquid energy sources (PtL). EN version of new study now available

    The German national associations of the refining and fuel supply/distribution sectors for transport and heating have released an abbreviated version of a study undertaken by Prognos AG on liquid energy sources in the energy transition. The study is based on the German market and analyses the importance of maintaining liquid energy given its unique benefits, as well as the potential for GHG neutral liquid energy to be produced from new sources, notably Power-to-Liquid technology. As well as addressing the need for such energy, it identifies the enabling framework that is required to facilitate the necessary investments and research. The full English version is available is here

  • 01 July 2018
    UPEI Vacancy
  • 12 July 2018
    Appointment of Acting President of UPEI

    Following the resignation of Thomas Johannsen as President, Thierry De Meulder has been appointed as Acting President until new elections to be held in October. 

  • 05 July 2018
    New Study Published: “Status and Perspectives of Liquid Energy Sources in the Energy Transition”

    Study by Prognos AG highlights the long term benefits of liquid energy sources and their potential to achieve GHG-neutrality

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  • 05 July 2018
    “Status and Perspectives of Liquid Energy Sources in the Energy Transition” – Study by Prognos AG highlights the long term benefits of liquid energy sources and their potential to achieve GHG-neutrality
  • 05 June 2018
    UPEI Statement: The Review of the Energy Taxation Directive

    UPEI recognises the need for an Energy Taxation Directive (ETD) and welcomes the European Commission’s review of the Directive and intention to update it. This is needed to ensure that the ETD remains relevant by taking account of technological developments in the energy sector, resulting in the emergence of new products which currently do not fall within the scope of the directive.

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  • 24 April 2018
    UPEI publishes its Annual Report 2017

    It is with great pleasure that we present the UPEI Annual Report for 2017.
    The report bears witness to the keen pace of change that the energy sector is undergoing in Europe. This also translated into an intense year of activity for UPEI both in terms of advocacy as well as the successful launch of a new venture: the UPEI Business Partnership.

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  • 20 April 2018
    UPEI Conference "Transport in Transition"

    The UPEI conference “Transport in Transition” successfully took place on 19 April 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It brought together Heather Hamje of Concawe who presented the updated JEC Well to Wheel analysis and Dr Paul Greening of ACEA who outlined the Automotive Sector’s 2050 Scenario. In addition, Peter Buyckx of Blue Corner, Belgium and Miha Valentinčič of Petrol dd, Slovenia portrayed from the fuel suppliers’ perspective the opportunities of breaking into e-mobility as well as the vision of the retail station of 2050. The conference was opened by State Secretary Potisek who outlined the Government of Slovenia’s plans for decarbonisation of transport. He stressed that the transition should be “bearable for the economy and bearable for citizens” -  a key message which was present throughout the presentations as well as the panel discussion that followed.

  • 03 April 2017
    Conference Conclusions "Towards a Cleaner Society - A Boilerplate for the Transition?"
  • 12 January 2017
    UPEI welcomes new member: VIRSI-A (Latvia)

    We are pleased to welcome and confirm the membership of  the company VIRSI-A (Latvia) from 1 January 2017.

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  • 20 July 2016
    UPEI Press Release: A European strategy for low-emission mobility
  • 13 July 2016
    UPEI Press Release: MEPs' move to empower consumers welcomed by Europe's independent fuel suppliers
  • 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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  • 10 March 2016
    UPEI Conference: Post Paris: The Future of Automotive Fuels

    On 10 March 2016 UPEI held an international conference „Post Paris: Future of Automotive Fuels“ in Prague, in cooperation with its Czech members (W.A.G. Payments Solutions and SČS – Union of Czech Petroleum Independents) and ČAPPO (Czech Association of Petroleum Industry and Trade). 

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  • 04 June 2015
    UPEI appointed member of Sustainable Transport Forum

    UPEI, the voice of Europe’s independent fuel suppliers, has been successful in its application for membership of the European Commission’s Sustainable Transport Forum (STF).  This forum was created by  European Commission Decision of 23 April 2015 as an expert group on alternative fuels.  The task of the STF is to assist the Commission in implementing the EU’s activities and programmes aimed at fostering the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.  UPEI is committed to playing an active and constructive role in the STF.

    UPEI represents  independent fuel suppliers who have a proven track record in the deployment of alternative fuels.  Independent fuel suppliers were the first to bring biofuels onto the European market. 

    UPEI welcomes the possibility to contribute its technical expertise to the STF  and to coordinate with member states and public and private stakeholders on the deployment of alternative fuels.

    UPEI is represented on the STF by Johan Deleu, UPEI Expert on Sustainable Transport.

  • 07 December 2015
    UPEI member BPU-UPB (Belgium) joins forces with BRAFCO

    The Belgian Petroleum Union (BPU-UPB) has joined forces with BRAFCO, constituting a single professional federation to represent independent operators in the Belgian fuels sector.  As member of UPEI, the new BRAFCO will represent independent Belgian importers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors of fuels and their alternatives.  Members of BRAFCO are independent companies, family business SMEs as well as large enterprises.

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