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EU Launches the Clean Power for Transport Package


The European Commission launched on 24 January 2013 the Clean Power for Transport Package, to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. The clean fuels addressed are electricity, hydrogen and natural gas. Vice-President Kallas said: "Developing innovative and alternative fuels is an obvious way to make Europe’s economy more resource efficient, to reduce our overdependence on oil and develop a transport industry which is ready to respond to the demands of the 21st century. Between them, China and the US plan to have more than 6 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. This is major opportunity for Europe to establish a strong position in a fast growing global market." The Clean Power for Transport Package consists of a Communication on a European alternative fuels strategy, a Directive focusing on infrastructure and standards and an accompanying document describing an action plan for the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in shipping. To read the full press release click here.