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IRU, ACEA, T&E and Hydrogen Europe call for more ambitious EU alternative fuels infrastructure

Date

04 May 2022

Sections

Energy

Leading voices in decarbonising EU road transport are urgently calling on EU Member States and the European Parliament to agree on ambitious targets for electric recharging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. 

IRU, representing commercial road transport operators, together with ACEA, representing vehicle manufacturers, Transport & Environment, an NGO, and Hydrogen Europe, an association grouping companies and public sector authorities, have signed a joint letter to EU leaders.

The four organisations are all concerned that targets set by the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on alternative fuels infrastructure may be substantially weakened during the legislative process. 

In a letter to transport ministers from the 27 Member States of the EU and key European Parliament Rapporteurs today, the organisations call for ambitious and timely targets for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure. 

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Hydrogen Europe CEO, commented: “The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation proposal is one of the most crucial elements of the Fit-for-55 package, which will allow Europeans to confidently choose from a range of zero and low carbon powertrains. Hydrogen refuelling stations, underpinned by ambitious targets under AFIR, must be a part of this equation to ensure the decarbonisation of all segments of road transport. The increasing emissions of the mobility sector will not be addressed if the EU institutions decrease the ambition of this proposal, particularly by cutting distances between stations and removing minimum daily capacities of stations. Only an ambitious text can guarantee that Europeans can easily switch to the zero-emission vehicle of their choice!”

Read the joint statement here

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Hydrogen Europe is the leading organization representing European based companies and stakeholders that are committed to moving towards a (circular) carbon neutral economy. With more than 350 companies, 30+ national associations and 20 EU regions as members, we encompass the entire value chain of the European hydrogen and fuel cell ecosystem. Our vision is to propel global carbon neutrality by accelerating the European hydrogen industry and we are the industrial key partner of the Clean Hydrogen partnership.

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