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English translation: croatia npf.en.pdf

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Croatia NIR

NPF highlights and 2019 NPF reporting on implementation highlights

On this page, we provide relevant information on the topic of alternative fuels vehicles, infrastructure or support measures as provided in the National Policy Framework (NPF) as well as the 2019 Reporting by the Member States on the NPF implementation.

According to Art. 10(1) of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, each Member State shall submit to the European Commission a report on the implementation of its National Policy Framework on a tri-annual basis, and for the first time by or before 18 November 2019. Those Reports must contain a description of the measures taken in the reporting Member State in support of alternative fuels infrastructure build-up. An overview of the Reports notified by [Member State] and received by the Commission to date is provided here below (download section), including an English translation where applicable.

The highlights for all National Policy Framework follow more or less the same structure: we first explain the modelling approach where one has been provided, we then explain the objectives or key focus areas of the NPF and then provide an overview of the key messages for those alternative fuels with distinct infrastructure requirements for which Member States had to develop national targets according to the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (electricity, hydrogen, LPG, CNG and LNG - therefore not covering for instance biofuels or synthetic fuels. The highlights are extracts from the NPF documents. These highlights should not be considered summaries of the NPFs. For a full and  complete overview, we  advise to read the NPF documents


Highlights 2019 Reporting on the NPF implementation 

The 2017-2030 Transport Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia (NN No 84/17) was adopted on 24 October 2017. The responsible body is the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. 

The 2021-2030 integrated energy and climate plan relates to existing national strategies and plans. It provides an overview of the current energy system and the situation regarding energy and climate policy. It also sets out national objectives for each of the five key dimensions of the Energy Union and corresponding policies and measures to meet those objectives, which entails setting up an analytical basis. The Plan focuses particularly on 2030 targets, which include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using energy from renewable sources, energy efficiency and electricity interconnection. The integrated energy and climate plan must be consistent with, and contribute to, sustainable development goals.

Description of the measure and its goal Amendments to acts and implementing regulations are intended to facilitate the development of alternative fuels infrastructure, increase the share of RES in final energy consumption in transport and promote clean and energy-efficient road vehicles. The goals of the measure are to increase the share of RES in transport by 2030, so that 37% of light-duty vehicles, 13% of heavy goods vehicles and 65% of buses purchased at national level comply with the relevant requirements. Acts and implementing regulations must be adopted at national level to regulate the manner in which conditions are to be laid down for constructing charging stations for electric vehicles (including those with a photovoltaic system), distributing, charging for and setting the single price of alternative transport fuels and for LNG, CNG/CBG charging stations and to examine the requirements of the new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The legislative amendments must be planned ahead so that the obligation to set up alternative fuels infrastructure is imposed on transport infrastructure managers. Furthermore, regulations governing the construction of parking facilities must be amended to provide for alternative fuels charging points. Any further development of alternative fuels infrastructure is contingent on the fulfilment of this condition.


Highlights NPF (date of adoption: April 2017)

The main objective of the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure is the development of a sustainable transport system, with minimum adverse effects on the environment and society, as well as ensuring interoperability with the neighbouring countries and EU Member States.

Electricity: The objective of establishing a minimum infrastructure for the electricity supply of vehicles in the territory of the RoC is to create more sustainable urban and road traffic and to enable the operation of electric vehicles in larger urban centres and along the main axes of Croatia. In order to meet this objective by 2020 charging stations shall be available every 50 km on motorways. Provide shoreside electricity supply for inland waterway vessels and seagoing ships in ports of the TEN-T core network, at all seaports and inland waterway ports. The establishment of shoreside electricity supply for inland waterway vessels and seagoing ships in ports is a priority, unless there is no demand and if the costs are disproportionate to the benefits, including environmental benefits.

Hydrogen: no implementation of a hydrogen refilling infrastructure foreseen.

CNG: With a view to facilitating the circulation of CNG-powered road vehicles along the entire road transport network of the RoC, refuelling stations shall be accessible by 2025 along the main Croatian road routes, with a minimum allowed distance between refuelling stations of 150 km. By 31 December 2025, 19 stations will be available on 11 sites, out of which 8 sites will be located along motorways, and 3 on main roads.

LNG: The objective of designating the minimum infrastructure for the LNG supply of vehicles/vessels in the territory of Croatia is to create a more sustainable maritime transport, inland waterway navigation and road freight traffic and to enable circulation of LNG-powered vessels and heavy duty vehicles along the main waterway and road transport routes in the RoC. With a view to enabling the operation of inland waterway vessels or seagoing ships throughout the TEN-T Core Network, LNG transhipment and refuelling infrastructure in inland ports shall be made available in Vukovar and Slavonski Brod by 31 December 2030, except where by 2025 it appears that there is a complete lack of demand for this type of fuel.