EU: New regulation to deploy sufficient alternative fuels infrastructure
The new regulation would set mandatory deployment targets for electric recharging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure.
New regulation to deploy sufficient alternative fuels infrastructure
The European Commission (EC) announced that political agreement was reached between the European Parliament and the Council to boost the number of publicly accessible electric recharging and hydrogen refueling stations across the EU’s main transport corridors and hubs.
The new regulation for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure (AFIR) would set mandatory deployment targets for electric recharging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure for:
- The road sector
- Shore-side electricity supply in maritime and inland waterway ports
- Electricity supply to stationary aircraft
The main deployment targets would have to be met in 2025 or 2030:
- Recharging infrastructure for cars and vans
- Recharging stations dedicated to heavy-duty vehicles
- Hydrogen refueling infrastructure
- Maritime ports
- Operators of electric recharging and hydrogen refueling stations
The political agreement reached must now be formally adopted. Once this process is completed by the European Parliament and the Council, the new rules will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and enter into force after a transitional period of six months.
The European Green Deal is the EU's long-term growth strategy to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050. To reach this target, the EU must reduce its emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This agreement is another important step in the adoption of the Commission's “Fit for 55” legislative package to deliver the European Green Deal. It follows other recent deals, most recently on sustainable fuels for shipping. Read TaxNewsFlash
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