Main legislation in the field of infrastructure for alternative fuels in transport
1. Act on the infrastructure for alternative fuels and the promotion of the transition to alternative fuels in transport
On May 25, 2023, the Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the National Act on the Infrastructure for Alternative Fuels and the Promotion of the Transition to Alternative Fuels in Transport, which entered into force on June 21, 2023. This Act establishes the legal framework for the establishment, development, expansion and safe use of interoperable and user-friendly recharging and refuelling infrastructure for road, air and maritime transport and for three types of energy sources - electricity, hydrogen and natural gas. The Act introduces three basic levels of alternative fuels infrastructure development:
- Strategic planning of infrastructure for alternative fuels;
- Ensuring a long-term dedicated resource for co-financing measures to switch to alternative fuels;
- Establishment of an executive body for the implementation of public tenders and appeals for the allocation of dedicated funds.
Act on the infrastructure for alternative fuels and the promotion of the transition to alternative fuels in transport:
2. Regulation (EU) 2023/1804 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 September 2023 on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, and repealing Directive 2014/94/EU (AFIR)
As a part of "Fit for 55" package of legislative proposals, EU Directive 2014/94 on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure (AFID) was revised with the EU Regulation 2023/1804 on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure (AFIR). The purpose was to establish a dense and extended network of recharging and refuelling infrastructure for alternative fuels in transport, with the same speed and conditions throughout the EU.
The goals were:
- to provide a minimum recharging and refuelling infrastructure for the necessary use of alternative fuel vehicles in all modes of transport and in all member states in order to meet the EU climate goals;
- to ensure full interoperability of recharging and refuelling infrastructure
- to lay down common technical specifications and requirements on user information, data provision and payment requirements.
The AFIR was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 22 September 2023 and entered into force on 12 October 2023: