EBOTA was conceived in 2008 in response to the introduction of REACH in Europe and formally established in 2011.

Representatives from Morgan Stanley, Trafigura, Mercuria, Noble and Vitol wished to create an association through which REACH authorities could engage with the oil trading industry. Holman Fenwick Willan LLP (HFW) was brought in to provide an independent Secretariat.

Over the years more trading houses and oil industry service companies have joined the association and EBOTA has branched out into different areas of interest. Those participating in meetings come from varied backgrounds, including operations, product assurance, regulatory affairs and senior management.

At present, EBOTA has three Working Groups: REACH, RED & Sustainability and ADN (European Barge Market).  Links to more information on each of the Working Groups can be found to the right of this page.