Effective fuels policies and market decisions are best developed when diverse stakeholders collaborate on creating objectives that are fact-based, sustainable and ultimately benefit the consumer.
Historically, a lack of coordination has led to business and policy decisions that do not incorporate the diverse elements necessary to promote a successful market. The resulting dysfunctional implementation has stymied innovation and imposed unnecessary costs on businesses, consumers and the environment.
In 2013, the leaders of NACS, representing the convenience and fuel retailing industry -which sells 80% of the transportation fuel in the United States-took action to address this problem, and established the Fuels Institute.
The Fuels Institute is a not-for-profit organization led by a group of diverse stakeholders including fuel retailers, fuel producers, automobile manufacturers, environmental advocates, academics, government entities and others. The Institute delivers comprehensive research and analysis concerning fuels, vehicles and related policy issues with the intention to create a market in which consumers can safely, conveniently and affordably purchase the fuels they need.
To preserve its objectivity, the Institute does not lobby or advocate for action in either the private or public sector. We instead seek to establish a common baseline of information upon which stakeholders can debate various options for resolving challenges in the market. We exist to facilitate an economically and environmentally sustainable U.S. transportation fuels system, with the aim to better understand the ultimate affect decisions will have on consumers.
The Fuels Institute welcomes the participation of all stakeholders affected by the changing fuels and vehicles landscape. Contact us to learn more about these unique opportunities to get involved:
Contributions to the Fuels Institute qualify organizations to participate at various levels of the organization as opportunities are available. These contributions are intended to support the operations of the Fuels Institute - including administration, public activities, production of materials and various research projects. Additional resources may be solicited from interested stakeholders to support larger research projects.
The Fuels Institute Board of Advisors is responsible for ensuring that no analysis published by the Institute is unduly influenced by any interested parties. All projects are peer reviewed, and the opinions of all stakeholders are incorporated in the final reports of the Institute.
Fuels Institute publications are presented as a collaborative work product of the Fuels Institute and do not represent the position of any individual participant. All funding for the Fuels Institute and its published reports is disclosed to maintain a high level of credibility and integrity.
The Fuels Institute is a nonprofit tax-exempt social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are not tax deductible as charitable donations, but may be deductible as a business expense; you should consult with your own tax advisor as to the deductibility of any contributions.
The Fuels Institute is a 501(c)(4) research organization comprised of a Board of Directors, a Board of Advisors and various Task Groups.
The Board of Directors is charged with executive and fiduciary responsibility for the Institute. It's comprised of 11 members - six individuals appointed by NACS , and five others selected by the Fuels Institute Nominating Committee to represent other stakeholder communities.
The Board of Advisors identifies, coordinates, directs and reviews the research projects of the Fuels Institute. Each member is able to recommend research topics, participate in project development, serve on a Task Group, review and recommend edits to the document and include additional opinions in the appendix of any report issued by the Institute. This group is appointed by the Board of Directors and represents a balanced mix of stakeholders..
When the Board of Advisors recommends a research project, eligible stakeholders form a Task Group, which develops the objectives of the research project, determines the scope of work and recommends organizations to complete the research. The Task Group also serves as the expert resource to the Institute and the selected research organization, providing input throughout the process and conducting the first round of peer review. The Fuels Institute incorporates a diverse set of stakeholders to ensure that all facets of the market are accurately represented in each project. Types of organizations that participate in the Fuels Institute include:
The Fuel Quality Council (FQC) will study the relationship between diesel fuel quality and modern high pressure common rail diesel engines, identify possible issues with that relationship, and evaluate the viability of potential solutions.
The Fuel Quality Council will engage in a number of data collection, analysis and research initiatives as directed by the General Council and Steering Committee. These initiatives will include the following:
The Fuel Quality Council will be most successful with broad participation by all who are engaged in the diesel fuel and engine markets. Participants should include but not be limited to:
Any interested stakeholder is eligible to participate in the Fuel Quality Council by becoming a member of either the General Council or Steering Committee:
To learn more about how you can get involved with the Fuels Institute, please contact us.