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Infrastructure is the be-all and end-all to cut transport CO2
The EPP Group has made sure that new recharging and refuelling stations are rolled out more quickly across Europe and welcomes the deal reached last night between the European Parliament and the EU Member States on the revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR).
"The transport sector plays a key role in achieving our climate targets. This is why sustainable technologies and alternative fuels must be available in sufficient quantities to support the shift towards climate-friendly mobility and cutting transport emissions. Infrastructure is the be-all and end-all for achieving this”, said Jens Gieseke MEP, who negotiated the AFIR on behalf of the EPP Group.
The agreement foresees that charging points for cars are to be built at least every 60km along the main European roads by 2025. The provision of charging infrastructure for trucks will become mandatory for Member States from 2027. By 2030, charging facilities are to be provided every 60km. Member States must provide 1.3 kW of charging capacity per electric car. This corresponds to a 30% increase in the Council's position. Moreover, there should also be refuelling stations for hydrogen every 200km along the main European roads by 2030. Exemptions are foreseen for low traffic roads, upon the European Commission’s approval when requested by the Member States.
“Last night’s deal finally gives us clear and legally-binding targets for infrastructure development throughout Europe. This is what has been lacking so far. In the future, a lack of refuelling stations or charging stations must no longer be a reason for not travelling. If these goals are implemented as planned, the fear of not reaching the destination will no longer play a role. For this, we have pushed through significantly higher targets. 30% more power output per registered electric car: that is something to be proud of and a great success for the Parliament”, added Gieseke.
To make charging as easy as refuelling traditional cars, the EPP Group advocated for better price transparency and simple payment methods during the negotiations. “Charging must be as simple as possible for every customer”, underlined Gieseke.
“The European Parliament will keep an eye on the implementation of the new rules and make sure that the Member States fulfil their obligations and accelerate the expansion of alternative fuels infrastructure”, said Gieseke.
“The new rules are a strong signal to consumers and the industry that we are making mobility climate-friendly for citizens across the EU", concluded Gieseke.
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The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 176 Members from all EU Member States
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