Report of the NORA/Eurofuel event - Day 1

The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) and the European Heating Oil Association (Eurofuel) hosted in August and September 2020 a virtual conference on liquid heating fuels in a carbon constrained world. 

The full programme is available here.

Day1

Day 1 - Policy Session

The session reviewed the policy actions being taken in the United States and the European Union. How will the goals of decarbonization affect the liquid fuels industry? How will the producers and users of the fuels respond? Additionally, industry visions for both the U.S. and Europe were reviewed and discussed.


Day 1: Welcome by John Huber, President of NORA, and Moritz Bellingen, President of Eurofuel


Huber - Overview of U.S. government’s activities to achieve a lower carbon economy

John Huber, President of NORA, gives an overview of U.S. government’s activities to achieve a lower carbon economy as well as what effect the November elections could have. After the U.S. withdrew from the Paris accords, most of the states in heating oil territory signed onto the Paris accords and enacted aggressive greenhouse gas policies.

Trunzo - Overview of U.S. government’s activities to achieve a lower carbon economy

Michael Trunzo (Director Gov’t Affairs & Association Management at Shenker, Russo & Clark LLP) focuses of the government activities of several of the states of U.S. government’s activities to achieve a low-carbon future. After the U.S. withdrew from the Paris accords, most of the states in heating oil territory signed onto the Paris accords and enacted aggressive greenhouse gas policies.

Devos - Overview of the EU activities to achieve a lower-carbon eonomy

Sandrine Devos (Secretary General of Eurofuel) describes the activities of the European Union and their goals. She will then describe the complex relationship between the EU in Brussels, and how the goals of the EU are translating to policies in the member states.

Moriarta - Multi-Dimensional decarbonization planning for residential buildings

Moriarta Moriarta (NYSERDA) will provide an overview of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) an implementation plan toward a carbon neutral economy. She will then describe what will be necessary to have a successful implementation. How does a transition to electricity affect the need for improved efficiency in buildings, and can that be done cost effectively? Other than electricity, what role can clean heating fuels play in New York’s energy planning scenarios?

Nourigat - Liquid fuel producers - Makers of today’s fuel—what about tomorrow? Part 1

A conversion to low-carbon fuels presents unique challenges and opportunities to traditional manufacturers & distributors. This panel of representatives from integrated oil companies will discuss how they plan to respond to the low carbon challenges.

Manno - Liquid fuel producers - Makers of today’s fuel—what about tomorrow? Part 2

A conversion to low-carbon fuels presents unique challenges and opportunities to traditional manufacturers & distributors. This panel of representatives from integrated oil companies will discuss how they plan to respond to the low carbon challenges.

Slifka - Liquid fuel producers - Makers of today’s fuel—what about tomorrow? Part 3

A conversion to low-carbon fuels presents unique challenges and opportunities to traditional manufacturers & distributors. This panel of representatives from integrated oil companies will discuss how they plan to respond to the low carbon challenges.

Froehlich & Simler - Liquid fuel producers - Makers of today’s fuel—what about tomorrow? Part 4

A conversion to low-carbon fuels presents unique challenges and opportunities to traditional manufacturers & distributors. This panel of representatives from integrated oil companies will discuss how they plan to respond to the low carbon challenges.

Weiss - Liquid fuel producers - Makers of today’s fuel—what about tomorrow? Part 5

A conversion to low-carbon fuels presents unique challenges and opportunities to traditional manufacturers & distributors. This panel of representatives from integrated oil companies will discuss how they plan to respond to the low carbon challenges.

Liquid Fuel Producers Q&A


Bellingen - Eurofuel’s Vision & Road Map

How should the industry respond to the challenges of low carbon fuels? Dr. Moritz Bellingen will describe the process the industry in Europe undertook to have a response to the growing policy efforts undermining the sale of petroleum products and the results of that process.

Uglietto - U.S. Heating Oil: What is the strategy?

Cubby Fuel retails both residential & commercial heating oil in the Boston market as well as operates an active service department. Cubby began retailing high-blends of biodiesel (B-20) and they are now working to move to B-40. Charlie will present his experiences with higher blends & efforts of the industry to develop a policy to respond to low-carbon demands. At an industry meeting of 200 retailers, a resolution to point a pathway forward was passed and Charlie is leading the way to have it implemented.

Wrap up Day 1