Hydrogen Europe's position paper on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive
Hydrogen Europe welcomes the upcoming revision of the Directive 2014/94/EU on the Deployment of Alternative Fuel Infrastructure, especially in light of the European Green Deal and The European Union's (EU) aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. With 25% of the EU's GHG emissions attributable to transport, and the requirement to reduce them by 90% by 2050, the adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles in various transport applications is crucial.
In this framework, we are delighted to present to you our latest position paper where you can find Hydrogen Europe's main requests to consider in the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure review:
1. Hydrogen should be a mandatory fuel on the list. Furthermore, the National Policy Frameworks submitted by the Member States should be binding, while allowing for flexibility in how to achieve the targets.
2. Consider the specificity of infrastructure for heavy-duty vehicles, supporting hydrogen refuelling stations on the TEN-T Core network next logistics centres, depots, and urban nodes.
3. Develop additional technical requirements and CEN/CENELEC standards to enable interoperability when refuelling hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles.
4. Consider the added value provided by multi-purpose hydrogen refuelling stations at strategic locations that could serve for different transport applications.
5. Provide a clear definition of ‘recharging or refuelling point accessible to the public’ and extend the scope of the definition, while not hampering innovation.
6. Extend the scope of the Directive to rail infrastructure.
7. Extend the scope of the Directive to airport infrastructure for ground applications.
8. Provide hydrogen infrastructure for ships to cover the needs of the maritime sector.
9. Emphasise the importance of solutions that can address the entire energy value chain and are scalable such as hydrogen.
10. Enable synergies between the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and the Trans-European Energy Network (TEN-E).