European law to deploy hydrogen refuelling infrastructure agreed

The European Parliament and European Council have agreed to boost hydrogen refuelling stations across the EU’s main transport corridors.

Coming as a landmark agreement, it is hoped to enable the transition to zero-emission transport and contribute to Europe’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by at least 55% by 2030.

The newly agreed regulation for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure (AFIR) sets mandatory deployment targets for electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for the road sector, shore-side electricity supply in maritime and inland waterway ports, and for electrical supply to stationary aircraft.

Aimed at reducing end consumer concerns about the difficulty to recharge or refuel a vehicle, the AFIR is also pegged to offer full price transparency, common minimum payment options and coherent customer information across the EU.

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