Alternative fuels infrastructure for heavy-duty vehicles, briefing document

This briefing was requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism and contains the preliminary results of a study on alternative fuels infrastructure for heavy-duty vehicles.

The European Union’s new target of reducing GHG emissions by 55% by 2030 means major action is required across all sectors of the European economy. It also means the majority of energy and climate legislation will have to be amended. The Commission plans to present its proposals on 14 July, 2021 as part of the ‘Fit for 55’ package, including a proposal for revising the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (AFID). A legislative proposal for revising the TEN-T Regulation is also planned for the third quarter of 2021. In advance of the ‘Fit for 55’ package, this briefing aims to inform the Members of the European Parliament on the current status and the expected future needs of alternative fuel infrastructure. This study focuses on heavy-duty vehicles (HDV), in particular trucks, and includes a wide range of alternative fuels as part of the policy debate.

Later, this briefing will be followed by a full-length study that will provide a more in-depth analysis, an update of the policy context based on the ‘Fit for 55’ package and outcomes of stakeholder interviews and case study analysis.