Earlier this month, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave the annual State of the (European) Union speech.
This is an annual speech given by the Commission President to the European Parliament (and in theory EU citizens) where she outlines her priorities for the coming twelve months.
She focussed on new policies to achieve the energy transition and emissions reductions such as a new, higher 55% net emissions reduction target by 2030; using hydrogen and its derivatives to power cleaner industrial processes; regulating further hazardous chemicals either to phase them out, replace them with less hazardous alternatives, or reduce their usage; and develop new cybersecurity protections and standards (especially for critical infrastructure). FETSA is engaging on all of these files by feeding our views into the policy making process.
As part of the concrete follow-up to this speech for our sector, we are starting to see more of a focus on e-fuels and more sustainable fuels. For example, sustainable aviation fuels (advanced biofuels and electro-fuels) have the potential to significantly reduce aircraft emissions but these fuels represent only 0.05% of total jet fuel consumption according to the European Commission. The Commission is currently consulting interested sectors to get views on boosting the supply and demand for sustainable aviation fuels in the EU. FETSA is developing a response to advocate for the use of climate neutral liquid fuels.
Equally, future maritime fuels are on the agenda. In this context, FETSA has flagged to the EU that synthetic fuels should be part of the future fuel mix for maritime transport. Whilst respecting technological neutrality, we would like the Commission to acknowledge that there is a role for climate neutral liquids in its future mobility strategies.
This article was written by Ravi Bhatiani, executive director of FETSA, the tank storage industry’s representation to the EU in Brussels.