|Sadiq launches new £30 million fund for Green Buses|
|Wednesday, 08 July 2009 14:55|
England's bus fleet will be helped to go green thanks to a new £30 million fund to encourage the purchase of low carbon buses, launched by Sadiq Khan MP, Minister of State for Transport.
The fund is part of the Government’s wider strategy to encourage a radical shift to low carbon transport and improve air quality in our cities.
Bus operators and councils will be able to bid for the money which they can then use towards the additional up front cost of buying low carbon buses. At the moment 56 buses in London are low carbon. The new money will pay for hundreds of additional buses.
As more low carbon buses are produced and sold, costs will reduce. This will encourage bus technology and will stimulate the market for low carbon buses, an industry in which the UK is a world leader.
Sadiq Khan, Tooting MP and Minister of State for Transport said “This is a brilliant initiative. It will help to reduce our CO2 emissions and it will help British businesses.”
“Over the next two years we expect this fund to support the purchase of several hundred low carbon buses and, just as importantly, help to stimulate the development of a new green technology industry and help to safeguard up to 900 jobs in bus manufacturing."
At present, low carbon buses make up just 0.2 per cent of buses on the road today. The fund is intended to put low carbon buses within the reach of as many operators and local authorities as possible throughout England.
Picture taken by Stefan Rousseau
Low carbon buses use at least 30 per cent less fuel and emit nearly a third less carbon than an equivalent conventional bus. They therefore have the potential to significantly reduce the impact of road transport on climate change. They will also meet the most stringent air quality emission standards to help improve air quality.
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