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English translation: malta npf.en.pdf

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Introduction

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: February 2018

Malta has established indicative national decarbonisation targets in road transport which it will strive to achieve. In particular an ambitious national target has been set for shifting 50% of the urban transport away from conventionally fuelled cars by 2030. The Malta Transport Master Plan, 2025 sets an ambitious target of 20% of the national vehicle fleet should be composed of non-conventionally fuelled vehicles by 2025.

Electricity:Electric transport for road vehicles is considered to be a suitable option for personal mobility in Malta, as distances travelled are short. Malta remains committed to put 5,000 electric vehicles (include Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Range Extender Electric vehicles) on the road by 2020. It is to be noted that electric quadricycles, electric scooters and electric bikes are also included in the target. It is planned that an action plan for implementation of shore side electricity at the ports of Valetta and Marsaxlokk will be finalised by the end of 2018. Currently, there is no aerobridge infrastructure and hence aircraft configuration and parking places are fluctuating. Therefore, for the time being, no infrastructure for electricity supply at the airport is planned in Malta.

Hydrogen:Malta has no immediate plans to establish a hydrogen refuelling network, as the cost of the infrastructure is greatly disproportionate to current demand and considering the limited range on the island as well as the highest energy efficiency of battery electric vehicles, electro mobility is considered as a better option in the near future.

CNG:Currently the opportunity of introducing CNG as an alternative fuel for heavy duty vehicles fleet at present seems limited. 

LNG:The government will commission a study on alternative fuels (CNG, LNG and possibly hydrogen). This should therefore consider the deployment of LNG infrastructure for road transportation to determine current and future demand in Malta for LNG fuelling facilities, associated costs and calculation of economic, financial and environmental benefits that would result from this investment.