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Sustainable Transport Forum (STF)

Sustainable Transport Forum (STF)

Establishment of three new STF sub-groups – call for applications

At its plenary session of 26 November 2020, on proposal of DG MOVE, the Sustainable Transport Forum decided to set up the following three new sub-groups.

  • On governance and standards for communication exchange in the electromobility ecosystem
  • On a common data approach for electric mobility and other alternative fuels; and
  • On best practices of public authorities to support the deployment of recharging infrastructure

First, a sub-group on governance and standards for communication exchange in the electromobility ecosystem (with particular focus on ISO 15118-20 and related PKI) will assist the Commission in defining minimum principles and creating a governance framework that allows an open, single, secure and economically efficient management of the digital communications between the electric vehicle and the recharging infrastructure. The resulting governance framework will need to ensure full coherent among the different communication areas of the EV recharging ecosystem. Moreover, the sub-group will assist the Commission in order to support European and international standardisation, identifying and covering existing gaps, paving the way for harmonisation and convergence of communication standards and protocols. The sub-group will be composed of up to 30 members, of whom up to 20 expert organizations (Type C members) will be selected through Filethis call for applications. The deadline for applications is 1 February 2021.

Second, a sub-group on a common data approach for electric mobility and other alternative fuels will assist the Commission in mapping and executing the policy elements to formalise and to put in place an open data ecosystem for electro-mobility and, to a wider extent, for other alternative fuels. In particular, the sub-group will look into the different data dimensions (aggregation, quality, sharing, reusability, provision, etc.) and data types (location, availability, price, payment methods, etc.) required to enable the future creation of new digital services in the alternative fuels market. The sub-group will build on the work of the PSA IDACS, assisting the Commission in the preparation of further rules and requirements in terms of the different data dimensions, as part of the revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, the ITS Directive and the Delegated Regulation on Real-time Transport Information. The sub-group will be composed of up to 30 members, of whom up to 20 expert organizations (Type C members) will be selected through Filethis call for applications. The deadline for applications is 1 February 2021.

Third, a sub-group on best practices of public authorities to support the deployment of recharging infrastructure, which will further the work on the 2020 STF Recommendations for public authorities for procuring, awarding concessions, licences and/or granting support for electric recharging infrastructure, generating a (bi-)annual update to ensure the Recommendations remain relevant for public authorities. The sub-group shall moreover function as a platform for exchange between public authorities on all matters to promote and facilitate the development of high quality recharging infrastructure. This includes for example possible approaches to harmonization and simplification of permitting procedures, harmonization and simplification of grid connection procedures, etc. The sub-group will be composed of up to 35 members, of whom up to 10 expert organizations (Type C members) will be selected through Filethis call for applications. The deadline for applications is 1 February 2021.

Public authorities do not have to respond to the call for applications. In case of interest to become member to this STF sub-group, they can simply send an email expressing their interest to MOVE-STF@ec.europa.eu.

STF Recommendations (2020 workstream)

The Sustainable Transport Forum plenary of 26 November 2020, through subsequent written exchange on 2 December 2020, unanimously adopted a Report entitled PDF iconRecommendations for public authorities for procuring, awarding concessions, licences and/or granting support for electric recharging infrastructure for passenger cars and vans

The STF detailed recommendations report is meant to provide practical guidelines for public authorities that are either looking to procure recharging infrastructure or to award concessions for their roll-out and/or operation, possibly linked to the granting of government support. By offering an overview of best and innovative practices by frontrunners, the STF aimed to develop a set of minimum recommendations to public authorities seeking to support the deployment of recharging infrastructure in their territories.

The Recommendations analyse the three main steps to consider for public authorities when planning the deployment of recharging infrastructure in their territories, and by and large cover following topics:

  1. Defining the deployment approach
    1. Long-term (electro)mobility strategies
    2. Cooperation between public authorities
    3. Determining a suitable recharging network
  2. Organising the tender procedure
    1. Identification of responsible authority
    2. Selection of entities to develop and operate infrastructure
    3. Selection of contract models and policy instrument
    4. Measures to support competition in the market
  3. The specific tender requirements
    1. Requirements regarding the recharging station and design of the recharging pole
    2. Interoperable infrastructure, including recommendations on the use of communication protocols and standards
    3. Future-proof infrastructure, including smart-charging ready
    4. User-friendly infrastructure, including in terms of finding infrastructure, easy payment and transparent pricing
    5. Data and cybersecurity
    6. Guarantees and enforcement mechanisms
    7. End of the concession, public contract, licence

A summary Handbook will be published shortly. The summary Handbook will highlight the main findings, recommendations and examples included in the detailed STF report.

STF Report on the 2019 workstreams

The Sustainable Transport Forum plenary of 26 November 2019 unanimously adopted a Report entitled PDF icon"Analysis of stakeholder views on key policy needs and options for action in Alternative Fuels Infrastructure deployment and consumer services"

This Report forms the conclusion of the 2019 workstreams, a stakeholder consultation mandated by the 2018 STF plenary around the following topics:

  1. Minimum requirements for alternative fuels infrastructure:
    • Deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure: progress, targets, methodologies and policy orientation;
    • Minimum quality requirements for alternative fuels infrastructure;
    • State of play of market: competition and market failures.
  2. Consumer services and seamless payments:
    • Accessibility and availability of static and dynamic data regarding alternative fuels infrastructure;
    • Payment methods: ad-hoc and contract based (related to e-roaming);
    • Identification/authentication of users;
    • Cybersecurity;
    • Transparency of prices and billing;
    • Smart charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2G), including issues related to access to vehicle data.

The findings provide useful input into the ongoing evaluation of Directive 2014/94/EU.

Moreover, the 2019 plenary agreed to translate these findings in recommendations and best practices for the award of alternative fuels infrastructure concessions and alternative fuels infrastructure procurement. These will be developed together with the STF members and ad hoc experts in the course of 2020.

What is the Sustainable Transport Forum?

Following the adoption of Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, on 23 April 2015 the European Commission set up a group of experts, the Sustainable Transport Forum (STF), defining its tasks and structure by means of PDF iconCommission Decision C(2015)2583.

The STF was set up to assist the Commission in implementing the Union’s activities and programmes aimed at fostering the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure to contribute to the European Union energy and climate goals. The STF serves as a platform for structural dialogue, exchange of technical knowledge, cooperation and coordination between Union Member States and relevant public and private stakeholders.

While the initial mandate for the STF was supposed to end on 31 December 2020, the European Commission extended the STF to 31 December 2030, by means of PDF iconCommission Decision C(2020)8535.

The STF operates with the following structure: a plenary, a secretariat, and non-permanent technical sub-groups to further develop the actions outlined in the Commission Decision. The STF’s main tasks include:

  1. to assist the Commission in the preparation of policy initiatives in the field of sustainable mobility, and alternative transport fuels and infrastructure policy in particular;
  2. to assist the Commission in the preparation of delegated acts under Directive 2014/94/EU;
  3. to establish cooperation/coordination between the Commission and Member States or stakeholders on questions relating to the implementation of Union legislation, programmes and policies in the field of alternative transport fuels and infrastructure policy;
  4. to assist the Commission in the early preparation of implementing acts, before submission to the relevant committee in accordance with Regulation (EU) No182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council; and
  5. to bring about an exchange of experience and good practice in the field of alternative transport fuels, and infrastructure in particular.

The STF can count up to 60 members.

Current members are the 27 EU Member States, complemented by initially 32 organisations with specific expertise in alternative fuels, selected on the basis of a PDF iconcall for applications. The mandate of those expert-organisations was extended until 31 December 2022 by PDF iconDecision of the Director General for Mobility and Transport of 16 December 2020.

The Sustainable Transport Forum can also set up sub-groups, to advice on specific matters of alternative fuels policy. The following sub-groups are currently active or in the process of being set up (in italics):

  • PDF iconSub-group on the implementation of Directive 2014/94/EU: this sub-group consists of the Member States only and discusses specific aspects related to the implementation of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive 2014/94/EU.
  • Sub-group on governance and standards for communication exchange in the electromobility ecosystem (with particular focus on ISO 15118-20 and related PKI): this sub-group will propose minimum principles and a governance framework for communication between the electric vehicle and the recharging infrastructure, ensuring interoperability in the whole ecosystem. It will moreover prepare the ground for harmonisation and convergence of electromobility communication standards and protocols.
  • Sub-group on a common data approach for electric mobility and other alternative fuels: building on the work of the Program Support Action (PSA) on data collection related to recharging/refuelling points for alternative fuels and the unique identification codes related to e-Mobility (IDACS), this sub-group will look into the different data dimensions (aggregation, quality, sharing, reusability, provision, etc.) and data types (location, availability, price, payment methods, etc.) required to enable the future creation of new digital services in the alternative fuels market. It will propose a framework for data collection and exchange, with the ultimate objective to provide better information to consumers of alternative fuels infrastructure and services.
  • Sub-group on best practices of public authorities to support the deployment of recharging infrastructure: this sub-group, which consists of public authorities mainly, will further the work on the 2020 STF Recommendations for public authorities for procuring, awarding concessions, licences and/or granting support for electric recharging infrastructure, generating a (bi-)annual update to ensure the Recommendations remain relevant for public authorities. The sub-group will moreover look into possibilities to harmonise permitting procedures for alternative fuels infrastructure in the EU.

Minutes, agendas and lists of experts are regularly uploaded in the European Commission's Register of Expert Groups.