eFuels Forum welcomes second eFuels Conference on June 4, 2024 in Berlin

As part of the second eFuels Conference, the eFuels Forum is calling for a technology-neutral approach to the defossilization of transport, the dismantling of international
trade barriers and the establishment of uniform standards as well as the mandatory blending of eFuels, increasing to 100 percent by 2050.

The eFuels Forum, which brings together over 50 German companies from the energy SME sector and the technology provider CAC Engineering GmbH, welcomes the second eFuels Conference of the
Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, which takes place today in Berlin. In view of the global challenge of climate change, the interest group is committed to a
technology-open approach, in which synthetic fuels play an important role and can contribute to the defossilization of the existing fleet with combustion engines in particular. This is an important step towards meeting the ambitious targets of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The eFuels Forum considers the following measures to be sensible in order to achieve the climate protection targets:

The removal of international trade barriers contributes to a more efficient, competitive and stable global eFuels economy. This benefits both companies and consumers and at the same time promotes international cooperation and development. In this way, eFuels and other hydrogen derivatives can be produced in countries where renewable energies are available in virtually unlimited quantities and then transported to Europe via the existing infrastructure for further processing and distribution. However, this requires standardization and transparency of regulations and laws. However, there is currently no standard definition of what an eFuel is. In Scandinavia and the USA, for example, nuclear power may be used for production, whereas this is not permitted in the European Union. It is also permissible in the USA to use CO2 from industrial plants, which is not the case in the EU.

The eFuels Forum is also in favor of lowering the energy tax. This is because subsidy schemes and tax breaks help to minimize the price gap and overcome the disadvantage of the first-time provider. For this reason, the energy tax on eFuels should be significantly reduced.

In addition, a mandatory blending of eFuels in all transportation and increasing to 100 percent by 2050 can ensure sufficient and stable demand for synthetic fuels. This would encourage investment in plants for the industrial production of synthetic crude oil substitutes, which would lead to falling production costs and therefore lower sales prices.

Dr. Lorenz Kiene from the eFuels Forum comments: “The second eFuels Conference offers a valuable platform to discuss the potential and challenges of synthetic fuels. It is essential that we work together on a global solution and take a technology-neutral approach. Synthetic fuels are key to achieving our climate targets and creating a sustainable future.”

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