NATURAL GAS BUSES COST EFFECTIVE FOR HELSINKI
The number of gas-fueled buses in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area will increase when Scania delivers two new gas buses to the bus company Helsingin Bussiliikenne at the beginning of 2019. Finnish energy gas company Gasum says new-generation gas buses are the most cost-effective way to reduce carbon dioxide and local emissions from urban transport.
Two new gas buses will start service in Helsinki Metropolitan Area public transport at the beginning of 2019. In the future there will be even more alternatives available for cleaner transport as the EU will set the minimum targets for the public sector’s clean vehicles procurement.
There are around 2,300 gas-fueled buses in Sweden and the total figure for Europe is around 17,000. The number is increasing across Europe where up to 85% of alternatively-powered buses are fueled by gas. The buses now procured feature modern Euro 6 emission standard engines. Their operating range is almost the same as that of diesel buses.
The EU will set minimum targets for the public sector’s procurement of clean vehicles in the future. At present, Green Public Procurement (GPP) is a voluntary instrument. Setting targets will further emphasize the opportunities offered by road fuel gases and increase the demand for gas buses in Europe.