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With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611 and       the co-financing of Green Fund, Greece

Promotion of clean and energy-efficient buses and available infrastructure

The European Council has recently adopted an EU directive with binding targets for zero and low emission vehicles in public procurement in all Member States.

The Directive includes a new definition of "clean vehicle". The definition of clean light vehicle is based on CO2 emission standards and aims at zero CO2 emission limits from 2026 onwards. The definition of clean heavy vehicle is based on the use of alternative fuels. In addition, there are separate targets for zero emission buses.

However, without the specific charging infrastructure necessary for buses, these targets cannot be achieved. The deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure directive (DAFI) adopted in 2014 sets clear but non-binding national targets for the creation of charging points and refueling points throughout the EU. DAFI was a missed opportunity to prepare the public transport sector for switching to alternative fuels as it did not focus adequately on buses. ACEA and UITP urge Member States to increase support measures for alternative fuel buses infrastructures and to promote the revision of DAFI.

Source: Fleet news

The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.


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Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months

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