11 December 2023  

Downstream Fuel Association (DFA) to Close

After over 50 years representing companies operating in the UK Downstream Fuels Market, the Downstream Fuel Association (DFA) has, regretfully, decided to cease operations and will be wound up on the 31st of March 2024.

The association, originally called the Association of UK Oil Independents (AUKOI), was created in the mid-1970s to provide a voice for the growing number of independent oil companies entering the UK fuels market.  Membership was later extended to include supermarkets who, with their rapid roll out of petrol stations, quickly gained a significant market volume in petrol and diesel sales.

The DFA’s remit has remained focused on non-commercial issues relating to the distribution, storage, and retail of fuels, as well as energy policy directly affecting its members.  Over the years the DFA has made a significant contribution to the development of fuel standards in the UK and Europe, a greater understanding of fuel housekeeping particularly during the introduction of biofuels, emergency fuel planning and compulsory stocking as well as contributing to government energy policy.

Market consolidations over recent years has seen the DFA membership reduce in number, which has led to the decision to close the association.  The DFA would like to thank everyone who has engaged with the association over the past years. 


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The Downstream Fuel Association – or DFA – represents companies involved in both wholesale and retail activities relating to transport, aviation and heating fuel oils in the UK.

DFA members trade and source these fuels, as well as storing and selling them through a nation-wide network of over 1,300 petrol forecourts and a number of terminals. Each week the DFA members sell over 260 million litres of fuel and serve 8.9 million cars, vans, lorries and motorbikes.

The job of the DFA is to inform its members of proposed legislation and other developments in the fuels sector and make joint representations for them to the UK Government and  to the European Commission. Also they contribute to the standards of authorities such as BSi and CEN.

DFA members together have a substantial share of the UK road fuel market.