EU approves Czech aid for low carbon transport

The EU has approved plans for a network of refuelling and recharging stations for low emission vehicles in the Czech Republic after finding they are in line with state aid rules.

It judged the equivalent to US$53 million support scheme would contribute to reducing emissions without unduly distorting competition.

Running over six years, the national programme would help fund the construction of publicly accessible recharging and refuelling stations for vehicles running on electricity, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas and hydrogen.

The Commission considered the public support appropriate as the Czech Republic demonstrated the aid was necessary to incentivise operators to develop the national network at the required pace and density.

The measure is expected to encourage a significant uptake of vehicles running on alternative fuels and make an important contribution towards reducing emissions, improving air quality and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: “The Czech scheme is yet another good example of how Member States can contribute to the fight against global warming.

“The scheme will promote alternative fuels and reduce harmful car emissions and will encourage consumers and businesses to use greener transportation, without distorting competition.”