Aware of the changing framework conditions in the energy sector, the hitherto dominant players are attempting to adapt to the new situation. At the beginning of November 2021, the German national mineral oil industry association (Mineralölwirtschaftsverband, MWV) and the national institute for heating and mobility (Institut für Wärme und Mobilität, IWO) announced that they wanted to work together from now on as the association en2x, officially Wirtschaftsverband Fuels und Energie eV, in order to, as they say, “accelerate the clean energy transition.” The name en2x derives from energy-to-X, that is, the conversion of a primary energy source into any other energy carrier for application or storage of that energy.
How important synthetic fuels, also known as e-fuels, will be in a future energy system is a question many are hotly debating these days. The answer, of course, depends on whom you ask and whom they represent. To bring some facts to the table, energy institute ifeu recently conducted a study for German environment agency UBA to determine the amounts of carbon dioxide and other pollutants emitted by fuels produced through power-to-X.
The member companies of the German Petroleum Industry Association (MWV) welcome the Paris Climate Protection Agreement and the associated targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors. The petroleum industry can make a significant contribution to achieving the targets with renewable fuels.