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March 18, 2022

Cross-industry European coalition calls for “robust” electrification policy

The lobby groups launched their first common appeal to policymakers at a cross-industry roundtable in Belgium.

By Graeme Roberts

The automotive, energy generation, electricity and charging infrastructure industries today together urged the European Parliament and Council in Brussells to “adopt strong, interconnected policies to accelerate the transition to zero-emission and CO2-neutral mobility”.

The industries were represented by their associations: the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), Eurelectric (the wider electricity industry), WindEurope (the energy generation sector) and ChargeUp Europe (the electric vehicle charging infrastructure industry).

The lobby groups, all key players in the “decarbonisation of road transport”, launched their first common appeal to policymakers at a cross-industry roundtable.

“First and foremost, increased investment in charging and refuelling infrastructure for alternatively-powered cars, vans, trucks and buses is urgently needed,” the industry coalition said.

“The EU will therefore need to adopt higher targets for both public and private infrastructure than those foreseen in the European Commission’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) proposals.

“To make charging and hydrogen refuelling stations commercially viable during the ramp-up phase of electric vehicles, public support, financial incentives, co-funding and mandatory targets are needed.”

This was crucial to ensure that “a minimum infrastructure network becomes rapidly available across the EU”, said the co-signatories.

“Public intervention is needed now for a limited period, especially in areas where the roll-out is slower.”

They added: “The ramp-up of infrastructure should go hand-in-hand with the transition to zero-emission energy. Indeed, moving towards climate-neutral transport and mobility only makes sense if the transition to zero-emission energy happens in parallel.”

“Incentives should therefore be given to encourage the use of zero-emission energy in the transport sector, the signatories said.

“Accelerating permitting procedures to deploy the needed renewables generation capacity is key.

“The end-user should also not be forgotten, with policies ensuring a customer-centric charging eco-system that is affordable and allows for EU-wide roaming, without prejudice to the contractual freedom of this market’s operators.

“The automotive, energy generation, electricity and charging infrastructure industries urge the European Parliament and Council to adopt strong, interconnected policies to accelerate the transition to zero-emission and CO2-neutral mobility.”

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