First Romanian Regulatory Body for Alternative Fuels

The business environment requires the rapid setting up of the regulatory body for alternative fuels.

The National Policy Framework (CNP), the last stage of transposing the European Directive on Alternative Fuels, Directive that AVER works on since 2014 in association with AVERE, will be adopted in a few months, but businesspeople have asked the government to set up a faster regulatory body.

"The National Policy Framework is endorsed by the Ministry of Environment. It will be adopted by government decision in a few months. However, I urged the authorities that the regulating body, which will be in charge of its implementation, be set up earlier so someone can handle it before, "the sources said. The new body will be composed of members of the line ministries and of the regulator of the energy market ANRE and will be subordinated to the General Secretariat of the Government.

In the bill that transposes the CNP into legislation, it is stipulated that "the Alcohol Fuel Market Co-ordination Board (CCDPDC) Coordinating Council for Development will be established" to " the main task is to ensure the coordination of the implementation of this National Framework and the cooperation between the authorities with responsibilities in the areas of reference ". The Council will be organized at the level of state secretary and will be "supported by an expert group". Within the Council, the relevant ministries will be permanently represented for the energy, transport, economy, environment, regional development, home affairs, public finances, as well as any other relevant institutions.

The Government has set up an inter-ministerial working group, including members of the Energy Market Regulator, ANRE, which will transpose the European Commission's 94th European Commission 2014 Implementation Plan on Alternative Fuel Infrastructure: it has as a regulatory area compressed natural gas, electric charging stations and hydrogen. The main documents were in public debate until the end of August. After finalizing the final form of the document, the Government will go through the rest of the steps needed to adopt the National Policy Framework.

What are the goals of the CNP
According to the document, the objectives of the National Policy Framework include:

  • Ensure the necessary framework to reach 10% of the market share of renewable energy in transport fuels by the end of 2020;
  • Adoption by public authorities of measures to ensure the development of about 1,000 refueling and / or refueling points accessible to the public. They will be distributed in such a way as to ensure the autonomy of alternative fuel vehicles within a radius of at least 10 km in selected urban agglomerations by the end of 2020 and at least 150 km in the extra-urban environment for national roads, as well as a minimum of 70 km for the TEN-T network by the end of 2025. In the case of by-pass variants of cities with more than one hundred thousand inhabitants, sufficient load points located at reasonable distances , preferably up to 50 km.
  • Encourage an increase in the number of alternative fuel vehicles compared to 2016 by more than 100% by the end of 2020, by over 200% by the end of 2025 and by over 400% by the end of 2030.
  • Ensure the necessary conditions for the construction of at least one LNG refueling point in the Central TEN-T maritime port (Constanta) by the end of 2025 and at least one LNG refueling point in at least one of the domestic ports of within the TEN-T central network by the end of 2030. Port Administrations, under the authority of the Ministry of Transport, will provide port operators with land for the construction of LNG terminals, respecting critical infrastructure technical standards, when commercial conditions met.
  • Ensuring, through maintenance and upgrading of existing systems, the offshore power supply infrastructure of inland waterway and inland waterway vessels, in accordance with the identified demand and the costs involved, as a priority on 31/5/5 inland ports or inland waterways to the core network TEN-T by the end of 2023 and in other ports as appropriate by the end of 2025 by port administrations under the authority of the Ministry of Transport which own and / or administer these ports.
  • An analysis of the need to install power supplies at airports for use by stationary airplanes by the end of 2020 by local and central public authorities and / or institutions with proprietary responsibilities in the ownership and / or managing these airports.
  • Encourage the installation of home / headquarter points in conjunction with the production of electricity at that location to ensure a predominantly renewable production-use chain.
  • When setting up alternative fuel recharging / refueling points, consideration should be given to avoiding Natura 2000 sites.
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