Europe's Green Highway: New AFIR Law to Transform Transport with Cutting-Edge Fuel Stations by 2030

The European Council has adopted a significant regulation on the alternative fuel infrastructure (AFIR). The AFIR is aimed at a broad rollout of recharging and refueling stations for alternative fuels across Europe to help the transport sector significantly cut its carbon emissions.
Europe's Green Highway: New AFIR Law to Transform Transport with Cutting-Edge Fuel Stations by 2030

The new law is ambitious, setting out clear targets to be met by 2025 and 2030. By 2025, fast recharging stations for cars and vans will be installed every 60 km along the EU's primary transport corridors. Heavier-duty vehicles will also be accommodated with stations deploying a minimum output of 350 kW. Additionally, from 2030, hydrogen refueling stations will be established in all urban nodes.

Maritime ports accommodating large vessels will have to provide shore-side electricity by 2030, and all gates at airports must supply electricity to stationary aircraft by 2025. The law also stresses ease of payment and transparency in pricing at these stations.

This law is a significant stride towards the EU's goals of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, and achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The AFIR will soon be published in the EU's official journal and will take effect 20 days after publication, with new rules applying six months from the regulation's entry into force.

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