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AEGPL Co-hosts European Parliament Roundtable Debate on Alternative Fuels

AEGPL  co-hosted a breakfast debate on the proposed Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure this morning at which around 60 stakeholders from institutions, industry and civil society discussed the best way forward concerning this increasingly high profile piece of legislation.

The event, ”On the Road to Alternative Transport Fuels: Strategies for Overcoming Market Failures”, was hosted by Italian MEP Carlo Fidanza (pictured left), and organized by “The Parliament Magazine” in association with AEGPL.

MEP Fidanza offered some introductory remarks concerning his draft report on the dossier, noting the need to include legally binding targets in order to ensure to Directive is not toothless. He also justified his amendments concerning LPG, highlighting that as infrastructure coverage is uneven in Europe as a whole, there is still a need for further development. 

Head of the European Commission Clean Transport and Sustainable Urban Mobility Unit, Daniela Rosca, presented the Commission’s main intentions with regard to the proposal. She underlined the importance of adopting national policy frameworks and the obligation of achieving results through binding targets for infrastructure development. She also underlined the importance of encouraging private sector investment.

Clean Fuels Consulting CEO, Jeffrey Seisler, then took the floor pointing out that there is a clear need for alternative fuels infrastructure, but two main concerns have to be raised: funding and time schedule. Concerning funding, he stated that “private sector investment alone is not enough and will not achieve all the targets”, therefore financial incentives are required and private-public partnership is necessary. He concluded that the directive is a great opportunity, although the time schedule is unrealistic.

AEGPL’s General Manager, Samuel Maubanc, presented a few perspectives on behalf of the LPG industry. He highlighted the somewhat contradictory double objective of the Commission's proposal: building minimum infrastructure from scratch for some alternative fuels (ie those which have experienced market failures) while creating more general provisions in order to support demand for all of them, noting in conclusion that only a stable regulatory environment over time can lead to market uptake.

HyER (European Association for Hydrogen and fuel cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions) Senior Communication Manager, Henry Wasung, took the floor welcoming the binding targets approach and the application of same standards all around Europe.

In conclusion, Jeffrey Seisler pointed out that it is important for the alternative fuels sector to agree on the policy approach in order to have a stronger say in the debate on the proposed legislation. 

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