By Deirdre Tynan • 07 September 2021 • 14:59
The European Commission has approved a €1.75 billion German scheme to support alternatively fuelled buses and related infrastructure for public passenger transport in Germany.
The scheme will be partly funded by the Recovery and Resilience Facility (‘RRF’), following the Commission’s positive assessment of the German recovery and resilience plan and its adoption by Council. The scheme consists of three sub-measures, respectively supporting the acquisition of battery-electric, fuel-cell-powered or biomethane-powered buses, (the installation of private recharging and refuelling infrastructure, and environmental studies on the applications of such buses. Under the scheme, the support will take the form of non-repayable direct grants. The beneficiaries will be selected through an open and transparent competitive bidding process.
he Commission found the aid is proportionate and limited to the minimum necessary, as the level of the aid will be set though a competitive bidding process and necessary safeguards will be in place. The Commission also considers that the measure will encourage the uptake of zero- and low-emission passenger buses, thus contributing to the reduction of CO2 and pollutant emissions, in line with the EU’s climate and environmental objectives and the goals set by European Green Deal.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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