EU Clears Czech Subsidy Scheme
Czech state subsidies to extend the supply network for low-emission motor fuels, including LNG and compressed natural gas (CNG), were approved by the EU August 11.
Companies already active in the alternative fuels sector can apply for this support, which will be awarded in four separate calls for tender, through an open and transparent procedure. The scheme provides support of €44.5mn over six years for the construction of publicly-accessible recharging and refuelling stations for vehicles running on alternative fuels such as electricity, CNG, LNG and hydrogen. The network will cover the entire country.
EU competition 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."
According to trade body NGVA Europe's 2017 Statistical Report, the Czech Republic last year had 143 refuelling stations for natural gas vehicles and 15,500 such vehicles.