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Research projects on Energy are mainly financed by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The objective is to create and establish technologies for making the current energy system more sustainable and less dependent on imported fuels.

Previous research on oil supported under R&D programmes also focused on fuel technology. The Auto Oil programme assessed the possibilities to reduce pollution from road traffic. It analysed, in co-operation with the oil and automotive industry, conventional as well as alternative fuels.