Identifying the barriers for the development of the European Alternative Fuels market
In Europe, more than 90% of road transport still relies on diesel and gasoline fuels to run. For this reason, a progressive market introduction of Alternative Fuels beyond light vehicle electrification is perhaps necessary, as well as beneficial, particularly for medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
In this context of Energy needs for transportation, Alternative Fuel solutions are being considered as potential sources of energy which are cleaner than conventional fuels (diesel and gasoline), and in some cases cheaper. In addition, bio-sourced fuels coming from renewable sources have the potential to substitute fuels from fossil origin, serving the transition towards a fossil-free and more sustainable transportation system.
Therefore, deep research is being conducted by COLHD partners Vrije Universiteit Brussel, IDIADA and Bax & Company to identify, classify, discuss and summarise the most important barriers that can hinder significantly:
- the adoption of alternative fuels solutions in Europe and
- the creation of a European alternative fuels market to fulfil the energy needs of our transportation systems, particularly for heavy-duty vehicles transporting goods across European road networks.
The partners have been identifying stakeholders, conducting interviews, developing the open consultation and evaluating its results, in order to identify the critical barriers within different fields (technical, regulatory, societal, economic, environmental).
The final goal of this work is to gather actualised information about the current state of the market through the visions, opinions and actions of multiple European Stakeholders covering the entire value chain of Alternative Fuels for heavy-duty vehicles.
Ultimately, all the information gathered through this report and other complementary sources will be analysed, processed and translated into recommendations for the elaboration of future policies and regulations, supported by the economic, technical and infrastructure assessments performed in the COLHD project.
A complementary goal of this report is to inform and disseminate, in an open and transparent way, two key ideas:
- The existence of alternative solutions to today’s transport fuels (including cheaper and cleaner options than diesel and gasoline);
- The importance of further developing bio and synthetic fuels for an increasingly renewable circular economy and the self-production of energy resources within Europe to cover EU citizens and industry needs, increasing energy security.
This research will continue throughout the duration of the whole project. This means that key stakeholders will be contacted several times in order to identify the evolution of the identification of barriers. Additionally, the open consultation is still accessible to stakeholders in the sector so the output of this research can be as broad and complete as possible.