Alternative fuels are another way to reduce the negative impacts of both passenger transport, - private and public - and freight transport in terms of environment- and health- harmful emissions.
The Commission encourages the development of such fuels, be it electricity, hydrogen fuel cells, natural gas etc.
It proposed a Directive to ensure a minimum coverage of the corresponding recharging and refuelling infrastructure, so as to make it possible for operators, citizens and businesses to buy vehicles running on those alternative fuels. The Directive has been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in September 2014 and the Member States have two years to submit their national framework.
Clean Power for Transport Package