New Blog: The Renewable Fuel Revolution: Heating of the Future

Renewable energy has become a major topic of discussion due to concerns about environmental sustainability and climate change.

Learn more about Dr. Ernst-Moritz Bellingen, President of Eurofuel, insights in this interview.


Ernst-Moritz Bellingen, President of Eurofuel and an expert in the field, emphasises the importance of renewable liquid fuels as replacements for fossil fuels.

“The transition to renewable liquid fuels is the only option for oil heating after 2050,” Bellingen states, referring to the EU's tightening CO2 emission requirements.

This transition to renewable fuels is feasible without significant investments, as current oil boilers can often use renewable fuel with minor modifications. Technology has advanced significantly: thanks to condensing boilers, energy efficiency can be nearly 100 percent. Additionally, hybrid heating systems that combine oil heating with, for example, air-water heat pumps or solar energy, offer flexibility and efficiency.

Bellingen also highlights social and economic aspects. He notes that in many large rural houses, especially in Germany, heating oil still plays a central role. The introduction of renewable fuels enables a gradual transition without expensive remodeling.

Eurofuel's Vision: Advocate for Fossil-Free Heating

Eurofuel is an umbrella organisation in Europe that represents stakeholders and national associations in the oil heating industry. The organisation is based in Brussels and aims to influence heating policies in the EU. Eurofuel advocates for renewable fuels and hybrid heating to policymakers. “Eurofuel works for the benefits of liquid products in Europe,” Bellingen clarifies.

Eurofuel plays a crucial role in the current political climate by advocating for the importance of renewable fuels for heating, which is often overlooked. The organization shares best practices, provides concrete examples, and facilitates the exchange of experiences among member countries. The ultimate objective is to aid the EU in achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Final Thoughts: Towards a Common Future

According to Bellingen, achieving CO2 neutrality requires openness towards all forms of energy.

“We need to combine all ideas and be open to all energy sources,” he says.

Eurofuel engages in valuable discussions among different member countries, looking for new solutions and technologies that promote the use of renewable energy forms in heating. This cooperation and exchange of information are key when seeking efficient and economical solutions to replace fossil fuels.

Bellingen stresses the importance of transitioning to renewable heating oil as a practical and necessary step towards a carbon-neutral future. He reminds us that it is essential to keep all options open in our pursuit of this goal. Renewable heating solutions, such as renewable liquid heating oil and hybrid heating systems, present an opportunity to combine traditional and renewable energy sources in a way that significantly reduces emissions while providing a reliable and cost-effective heating solution.

A crucial aspect of this conversation is the influence of consumers and their role in driving change. Nowadays, consumers have the option to choose more eco-friendly alternatives without requiring major investments or renovations. This, in turn, allows for a wider shift towards renewable energy, which is essential for fighting against climate change. According to Bellingen, the work of Eurofuel and its members is critically important to ensure that liquid energy forms, especially renewable fuels, are recognised and considered in future energy solutions. This work is not only technical or financial but also political, as it requires active dialogue and collaboration with decision-makers.