The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTS) is tasked with transposing the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive 2014/94/EU. Given the close relationship between transport and energy in this area, DTTS is working closely with our Department in this regard.
DTTS is invited submissions from stakeholders, interested parties and the general public on a Draft National Policy Framework on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport in Ireland. Part of the necessity for the development of this Draft Framework is for Ireland to meet its obligations associated with Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure. The draft framework includes proposed targets for the development of recharging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) and refuelling infrastructure for natural gas vehicles as well as outlining possible incentives and measures that could support the use of these and other alternative fuels such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
As well as seeking views on the targets, DTTS wished to engage with the public regarding the future policy ambition for alternative fuels usage for Ireland for the period 2017 to 2030.
DTTS is also undertaking a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) in tandem with the development of the Draft Framework in accordance with the EU SEA Directive and the EU Habitats Directive respectively, in order to fully integrate environmental and conservation considerations into the Framework. Comments, views and observations are also invited on these draft documents.
This consultation concluded on 23 November 2016.