Bus manufacturers promise cleaner buses in 20 megacities

BYD, Cummins, Scania and Volvo Buses are working with cities around the world to tackle climate change and air pollution by introducing bus fleets equipped with the latest in clean power technologies.

Four of the world’s largest bus and engine manufacturers have joined an initiative to make it easier for major cities to purchase buses equipped with low emissions technologies.

BYD, Cummins, Scania and Volvo Buses will ensure ‘soot-free’ engine technology is available for purchase in 20 megacities beginning in 2018.

Soot free is defined as including any engine that meets Euro VI norms in Europe or EPA 2010 norms in the U.S., and any diesel engine with a diesel particulate filter, gas-powered engine, or a dedicated electric drive engine.

Even further reductions in climate impacts of soot-free buses can be achieved with low-carbon fuels and engines that deliver the lowest lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions.

“In Santiago, air pollution has been a prime challenge for the last three decades and buses are the major source for particulate matter and NOx pollution in the city,” said the governor of Santiago, Claudio Orrego.

“I am pleased to see the global bus industry respond with their own commitment to bring these sustainable and clean buses to our cities.”

The other cities involved in the scheme are, Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Istanbul, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Lagos, Lima, Manila, Mexico City, Nairobi, Sao Paulo, and Sydney.

The initiative is led by C40 Cities, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Centro Mario Molina Chile and UN Environment.

Erik Solheim, the executive director of UN Environment, praised the agreement between the bus manufacturers and some of the biggest cities in the world as an example of forward thinking private public cooperation.

“Investment in technology, products, and business models that benefits people and our environment isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for business,” said Solheim.

Less than 20 per cent of all buses sold globally meet the definition of soot-free, with the vast majority being diesel powered. Older generation diesel technology produces high levels of black carbon emissions, or soot, which are among the most dangerous pollutants for public health and a major contributor to climate change.

The cleanest buses today, in contrast, can reduce these emissions by more than 99 per cent.


Image credit: Volvo Buses

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