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Sustainable Transport Forum (STF)

Sustainable Transport Forum (STF)

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 the European Commission decided to create the Sustainable Transport Forum (STF).

Decision on setting-up an expert group on alternative transport fuels – The Sustainable Transport Forum .

The STF merges two previously existing informal groups: the Expert Group on Future Transport Fuels, composed of stakeholders and which produced its final report in July 2015, and the Joint Expert Group Transport and Environment, composed of Member States' representatives.

The STF should help the Commission to advance the application of the Clean Power for Transport strategy and facilitate the implementation of Directive 2014/94/EU. It shall 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 brings together Member States and 32 alternative fuels industry experts. It enables a structured dialogue, exchange of best practices and coordination, thus providing the opportunity to discuss practical issues that could be encountered during the implementation process of Directive 2014/94/EU.

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 envisages in particular to:

  1. provide advice and technical expertise to the Commission on the development and implementation of legislation, policies, projects and programmes in the field of alternative transport fuels and contribute towards an energy-efficient, decarbonised transport sector.
  2. facilitate exchanges of information on initiatives, projects and partnerships dealing with alternative transport fuels;
  3. deliver opinions, submit reports, or develop and propose innovative solutions to the Commission, either at the latter's request or on its own initiative, on any matter of relevance to the promotion of alternative transport fuels in the Union.

The 32 expert-organisations were selected on the basis of a call for applications:

Composition of the STF membership

The following sub-groups have been established:

Minutes, agendas and lists of experts are regularly uploaded in the European Commission's Register of Expert Groups http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm?do=groupDetail.groupDetail&groupID=3321