Consultation period: 11/08/2011 – 6/10/2011

In its Europe 2020 strategy, the European Commission proposes the Flagship Initiative ‘Resource efficient Europe’. This states that the European Commission will work to present proposals to modernise and decarbonise the transport sector.

In line with this strategy, the European Commission has recently adopted the White Paper ‘Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area –Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system’, which announced that the European Commission will develop “a sustainable alternative fuels strategy including also the appropriate infrastructure”.

In this context, the European Commission has initiated the Clean Transport Systems (CTS) initiative, which should help the EU to put an end to oil dependency in transport in the longer term. Under the CTS initiative, the European Commission is preparing to launch, in the first quarter of 2012, a Communication on alternative transport fuels. The Communication will present a comprehensive long-term alternative fuel strategy for the EU covering the whole transport sector and will identify possible future actions in this area. The strategy should provide the industry, public sector and consumers with a clear and coherent vision, and should help to accelerate the use of alternative transport fuels in the EU. Action at the EU level should facilitate EU-wide circulation of vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

In order to facilitate the implementation of the strategy and to actively stimulate the market development of alternative fuels, the European Commission is considering putting forward, together with the Communication, a legislative proposal on alternative fuel infrastructure requirements.

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