3 cities where compressed natural gas buses are already in use

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Today, everyone knows that using public transport is an effective way to limit your environmental footprint. Subways and trams are 100% electric and therefore do not emit any greenhouse gases. However, some buses are still powered by conventional polluting fuels such as diesel.

In response to this problem, many cities around the world have decided to modernize their bus fleets and purchase buses that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). Here are three examples of cities that have decided to make their transportation systems more environmentally friendly.

Compressed natural gas buses contribute to Barcelona’s energy transition

In 2019, the city of Barcelona signed an agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to assist the city’s public transport service, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, in the purchase of new natural gas buses. The EIB’s €73.5 million investment will enable the city to put 75 new CNG buses into service, in addition to a considerable number of electric and hybrid buses. These green vehicles were introduced to the network at the end of 2019 and will be gradually deployed until 2021.

This initiative by the city of Barcelona not only aims to improve air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but also to encourage residents to limit their use of cars. In the last six years, there has been a 17% increase in the use of the city’s public buses. The acquisition of these new environmentally friendly buses will undoubtedly help increase this number.

An increasingly eco-friendly bus network in Ostrava

In 2015, the city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic began making its public transport system more green by purchasing 105 CNG buses from the Polish company Solaris. This modernisation of the municipal bus fleet was intended to help improve the quality of life for Ostrava’s residents by providing an eco-friendly transport system.

In January 2020, the city signed a new agreement with Solaris that formalized the purchase of 37 new state-of-the-art CNG buses. In addition to offering increased safety for passengers and drivers, these vehicles will be equipped with designated spaces for wheelchairs and strollers, air conditioning, USB ports and even an Internet connection, all of which will contribute to achieving the city’s initial goal.

Lille: the leading city for CNG buses in France

When it comes to environmentally friendly public transport, the municipality of Lille in France is way ahead of the game. Since 2013, 100% of its city bus fleet has been made up of CNG-powered vehicles to improve citizens’ quality of life by reducing the smell of petrol and smoke and lowering the noise emitted by diesel vehicles.

The French metropolis has also been developing renewable natural gas (or biogas) for several years. Using this fuel for buses will contribute to a further reduction in greenhouse gases thanks to biomethanation. In addition, biogas development will reduce costs for transporters in the long term.

CNG: an increasingly popular fuel for buses around the world

Barcelona, Ostrava and Lille are just a few examples of cities that have adopted CNG buses to transport their citizens. In fact, a growing number of cities around the world are considering these buses as a way to kick-start their energy transition and contribute to a greener future.

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