Commission launches new Mobility Package – initiatives on acceleration of alternative fuel deployment to follow

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On 31 May, the European Commission (EC) adopted a set of initiatives on clean, competitive and connected mobility – ‘Europe on the Move’ COM (2017) 283 (more information available here.)

An initial series of eight legislative initiatives specifically target the road transport sector. Over the next 12 months, they will be complemented by other proposals, including on post-2020 emissions standards for cars and vans as well as the first-ever emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles.  In addition, the EC announced it would increase its focus on accelerating the deployment of alternative fuels.

As required by Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, Member States had to submit their National Policy Frameworks setting out plans for the market development of alternative fuels vehicles and vessels and the deployment of relevant infrastructure by 18 November 2016. 21 Member States have submitted these Plans so far and seven have not yet submitted, while overall implementation of the entire Directive seems complete for 13 Member States only. The EC will publish its assessment of these National Policy Frameworks in November 2017. In addition, and building on this analysis, the Commission will identify key issues and present an action plan on alternative fuels infrastructure as part of the second Mobility Package in Q4/2017, to address market failures justifying action at EU level. The Commission aims to provide full coverage of the core network of the Trans-European Networks Transport (TEN-T) corridors with charging points by 2025.

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