Members' Research Service By / November 22, 2021

Deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure: Fit for 55 package [EU Legislation in Progress]

In December 2019, the European Commission published a communication on the Green Deal, outlining its priorities to transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy in order to meet the EU’s commitments to tackle climate and environmental-related challenges.

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Written by Jaan Soone.

On 14 July 2021, the European Commission presented a package of proposals to equip the EU’s climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 % by 2030, compared with 1990 levels – the ‘fit for 55’ package. The package includes a proposal to revise the 2014 directive on alternative fuels infrastructure and turn it into a regulation.

In the draft regulation the Commission proposes binding targets for electric vehicle charging points and hydrogen refuelling points, electric charging for stationary aircraft at airports and on shore power supply for ships at ports. It also contains provisions for EU Member States to ensure coverage of refuelling points for liquefied natural gas (LNG) dedicated to heavy-duty vehicles and LNG refuelling points in maritime ports.

In the European Parliament, the file has been referred to the Transport and Tourism Committee.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, and repealing Directive 2014/94/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council
Committee responsible:Transport and Tourism (TRAN)COM(2021) 559
Rapporteur:Ismail Ertug (S&D, Germany)2021/0223(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Jens Gieseke (EPP, Germany)
Caroline Nagtegaal (Renew, the Netherlands)
Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Roman Haider (ID, Austria)
Carlo Fidanza (ECR, Italy)
Elena Kountoura (The Left, Greece)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report
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