The European Commission today approved a state aid of 40 million euros for the purchase of polluting gas (electricity/hydrogen) zero-emission buses and related infrastructure for the passenger transport sector on public roads in Portugal.
The state aid plan approved today includes the purchase of zero-emission buses (especially the use of electricity or hydrogen) and the installation or improvement of related refueling or charging infrastructure.
State aid will take the form of direct non-refundable grants, and beneficiaries will choose through an open, transparent and binding bidding process.
The Committee believes that aid is proportional and limited to the minimum necessary, especially since the level of aid will be determined through a competitive bidding process.
Brussels also emphasized that the measure will encourage the use of emission-free public buses, thereby helping to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, in line with the European Union (EU) climate and environmental goals and the goals set by the European Ecological Convention.
For community executives, the system’s positive impact on the EU’s environmental and climate goals outweighs any potential distortions of competition and trade caused by state aid.