Commission takes a first step in the right direction for alternative fuels in Europe
Sustainable transport group, Transport & Environment (T&E), today welcomed the Commission proposal mandating that member states build up infrastructure for alternative fuels such as electric charging points for road transport and liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling points for ships.
In the context of the European alternative fuels strategy, also published today, this proposal seeks to contribute to the overall climate goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport by 60% by 2050 and ending Europe’s oil dependency.
Reacting to the proposal, Jos Dings, Director at Transport & Environment (T&E), said: “This is a small, but largely welcome, step towards breaking the monopoly of oil and biofuels that cause climate change. Achieving 70 percent emissions reductions by 2050  requires many measures, and moving away from today’s liquid fuels is surely one of them. Clean electrification is one important option and obliging member states to roll out electric charging infrastructure is one step towards it.”
The proposal aims at overcoming what is generally considered to be a major hindrance for the mass consumer adoption of alternative fuel mobility: the lack of alternative fuels infrastructure.
“With this proposal in place, we should move full throttle in setting ambitious CO2 standards for cars and vans for 2020 and 2025, so that carmakers will actually make the vehicles that will use this infrastructure,” Jos Dings concluded.