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Towards a revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive

Written by Jaan Soone,

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In the December 2019 European Green Deal communication, which aims to reboot the EU’s efforts to tackle challenges related to climate change and the environment, the European Commission proposed to review the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive.

The Directive was adopted in 2014 to encourage the development of alternative fuel filling stations and charging points in EU countries, and required Member States to put in place development plans for alternative fuels infrastructure. However, according to a 2017 Commission evaluation, the plans did not provide sufficient certainty for fully developing the alternative fuels infrastructure network, and development has been uneven across the EU.

Car-makers and alternative fuels producers, clean energy campaigners and the European Parliament have called for the revision of the Directive, to ensure that sufficient infrastructure is in place in line with efforts to reduce emissions in the transport sector and to help meet the climate and environment goals set out in the Paris Agreement and the Green Deal.

On 27 May 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Commission proposed the recovery plan for Europe in which it puts even greater focus on developing alternative fuel infrastructure, electric vehicles, hydrogen technology and renewable energy, repeating its intention to review the 2014 Directive.

Read the complete briefing on ‘Towards a revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.


One thought on “Towards a revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive

  1. Excellent and thought-provoking status report. EPRS papers are always quality reading. One policy remark: please, PLEASE, do not forget bio-ethanol. It can be blended in gasoline to 10% now and make a immediate significant impact of pollution and atmospheric CO2 increases. Because of battery components, the “well-to-wheel” balance of battery-powered electric vehicles is not as good as that of liquid biofuels, and hydrogen is dangerous and expensive to distribute. Biofuels offer the best short and medium-term response to our transport challenges. Why ditter?

    Posted by Patrick Chatenay | July 16, 2020, 11:20

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