Trade body name change reflects move towards more sustainable fuels

The downstream oil sector’s leading trade body today begins its new phase as Fuels Industry UK to demonstrate its evolving remit to champion low carbon fuels as well as traditional petroleum products.

Name change reflects industry desire to deliver future fuels necessary for net zero.

Previously known as the United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA), the change reflects its members’ ambition to manufacture and supply the biofuels, low carbon hydrogen and other low carbon fuels needed to meet the UK’s ambitious net zero targets.

A sector essential to net zero

Fuels Industry UK CEO Elizabeth de Jong said: “Our name change reflects that the sector is essential to UK Government achieving its net zero targets by manufacturing and supplying the low carbon fuels needed.

“Fuels Industry UK members are increasingly manufacturing and supplying low carbon fuels such as renewable diesel, biofuels and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which use non-petroleum feedstocks.”

Representing eight manufacturing, supply and marketing companies that operate the six major oil refineries in the UK and source over 85% of transport fuels used, Fuels Industry UK aims to shape an energy secure, low carbon fuels future for the UK that benefits everyone. Nine associate members comprise a wide range of companies: from heating fuel supply and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) imports, renewable and sustainable fuel producers, to terminals and pipelines. Members of the organisation, which began in 1978, are at the forefront of SAF delivery and are investing in future manufacturing capability in the UK.

As principal users of hydrogen in the UK, the downstream sector can also be major first customers for low carbon hydrogen projects, to help fund their start-up and make them viable for other companies to use. In addition, Fuels Industry UK members have global expertise in Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) projects, which will be vital in the transition to net zero.