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NPF highlights

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English translation: cyprus npf.en.pdf

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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), in principle as an extract from the NPF, with some additions to give context where necessary. These highlights should not be considered summaries of the NPFs. For a full and  complete overview, we  advise to read the NPF document itself

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 LPG, biofuels or synthetic fuels. 


NPF date of adoption: April 2017

Regarding the future development and further penetration of alternative fuels in the transport sector, a study is being carried out by the German organisation Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, entitled ‘Technical assistance in order to assess and formulate recommendations for the promotion and penetration of alternative fuels in the transport sector’. The purpose of the study is to present a comprehensive proposal setting out future scenarios for wider use of the various alternative fuels in Cyprus’s transport sector and policies and measures to promote such fuels, taking into account the country’s specificities. The aim is for Cyprus to meet mandatory energy and climate targets in the area of transport. The preliminary results were presented on 6 April 2017.

Electricity: Vehicle estimate for 2020 between 100 and 2,000. Shoreside electricity (SSE or OPS): this matter is currently being assessed by the Cyprus Ports Authority, which participates in the Elemed project involving a study on shore-side electricity supply to vessels calling at Cypriot ports which are part of the core Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The Department of Civil Aviation will examine the possibility of installing power supply for stationary aircraft at Larnaca and Paphos airports towards the end of 2017.

Hydrogen:no actions

CNG: Natural gas (LNG, CNG) is currently not being used in the transport sector as there is no market for natural gas (NG) in Cyprus due to its geographical isolation, the small size of the market and the lack of interconnections with other gas networks. The Natural Gas Market Regulation Laws of 2004 to 2012 are aligned with Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas (‘the Directive’). The Directive on which the Law is based gives Cyprus the possibility to derogate from some of its articles as it can be considered an isolated or emergent market. These characteristics therefore allow Cyprus to derogate from specific provisions of the Law under both the Law and the Directive.

LNG:The Cyprus Ports Authority participates in the European ‘Poseidon Med II’ project, which was submitted under CEF-MOS to prepare and conduct a study regarding the siting and future development of LNG bunkering infrastructure in Cypriot ports. The relevant decisions to install LNG refuelling points in maritime and inland ports outside the core Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) will be made once the study referred to above has been completed.