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European Commission releases second mobility package

On 8 November, the European Commission released a package of policy initiatives aimed at achieving a socially fair transition towards clean, competitive and connective mobility. Following the publication of the so-called “Europe on the Move” package in May 2017, the Commission published a new wave of policy initiatives and legislative proposals as part of the second mobility package, accompanied by a communication outlining key priorities.

The European LPG Association welcomes the fact that the European Commission is taking initiative to make transport in Europe more sustainable in the future. The Action Plan for Alternative Fuels Infrastructure rightly recognises that the number of vehicles “running on alternative energies in the EU is too low”, and clearly refers to LPG as one of the solutions. Consumer-oriented measures would help developing the demand for alternative fuels, in addition to the deployment the relevant infrastructure which is the current focus of the proposed Action Plan.

As regards to the proposal on CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles, AEGPL welcomes the drive towards low-emission vehicles. However, it is important to note that current focus on tailpipe emissions does not provide a good picture at actual emissions from transport, and does not create a level-playing field between different technologies. Only a well-to-wheel approach can guarantee a real technological neutrality and deliver full environmental benefits. AEGPL also regrets that the “clean air co-benefits” and “affordability” of low emission vehicles, two essential concepts, are only mentioned in the legislative proposal but not actually addressed with concrete measures.

As regards to the proposal for the review of the Clean Vehicle Directive, while local air pollution is one of the main challenges faced by public authorities, the Commission is unfortunately giving more importance to CO2 emissions than air pollution. The proposed definition for “clean vehicles”, i.e. emitting less than 25 g/km CO2 (in 2025), measured as tailpipe emissions, in addition to being inconsistent with the other policy proposals published in the same package, is overly restrictive. Again, by overlooking well-to-wheel emissions the European Commission favours electric powertrains over other low emission technologies. Provisions on heavy-duty vehicles simply ignore Autogas LPG, which is a cleaner and cost-effective alternative to conventional fuels, recognised as such by the Directive on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure.

We look forward to working together with our members and with the European Institutions in safeguarding a role for Autogas - as a clean, safe and available alternative fuel - in the future of European transport.

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