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The ambitious climate package adopted in July by the European Commission to lead the EU to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to the 1990’s levels and achieve full climate neutrality (zero net emissions) by 2050 creates a lot of discussion. It is a debate that involves not only car manufacturers, but also the world of alternative fuels, which feels unfairly excluded from the “good guys”. In fact, one of the most controversial aspects concerns zero emissions label, reserved only for electricity. It is scandalously measured only at the exhaust, but not in the entire life cycle! The package, despite the calls for technological neutrality addressed in recent months by national and international associations to the European institutions, does not adequately take into account the great contribution to decarbonisation that can derive from the immediate and larger-scale use of renewable fuels, such as bio methane in primis. Talking about zero emissions requires an approach that does not only consider exhaust emissions. This assumption has been universally denied by numerous studies that propose to evaluate global emissions for the production, use and disposal of vehicles using the LCA (from cradle to the grave) analysis.

The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr) was presented to the European Commission at the end of April. This is a milestone: it is in fact the investment program prepared by the Government as part of the EU Next Generation, the tool to respond to the pandemic crisis caused by Covid-19. While we wait to know what it will translate into, let’s take a closer look at it. The Plan wishes to be the tool that, through a series of actions and interventions, aims to make Italy a more equitable, green and inclusive country.

A nation with a more competitive, dynamic and innovative economy, able to face environmental, technological and social challenges now and in the future. The overall strategy mobilizes more than 222 billion euros and supports 6 missions: Digitization, Innovation, Competitiveness and Culture (49.2 billions); Green Revolution and Ecological Transition (68.6 billions, the largest sum invested); Infrastructure for Sustainable Mobility (31.4 billions); Education and Research (31.9 billions); Inclusion and Cohesion (22.4 billions); and Health (18.5 billions).

Energy policy. This troubled spring has anyway seen the restart of an important step for the future of alternative fuels. On April 6th, as foreseen in the Green Deal, the process for the Dafi Directive’s started, with the examination on the infrastructure for the supply of alternative fuels at European level, together with a new consultation launched by the Commission open to citizens and stakeholders.

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