Pathfinder – Explores relevant climate arenas to identify and prioritise innovation opportunities
Pan-European, co-ordinated from The Netherlands
Michiel Ytsma, TU Delft
Jan Willem de Kleuver, Twynstra Gudde
Energy Technology Institute
Institute for Sustainability
As the air quality in urban areas gets increasingly worse through CO₂emissions and other pollutants, zero emissions bus systems provide an important way to improve this worsening situation. But without enough reliable data, the move towards electric bus fleets across Europe is proving to be a slow process.
Fossil-fuelled bus transport systems are a major source of CO₂ emissions. Every single day diesel powered buses drive millions of kilometres throughout the European Union using inefficient internal combustion engines.
There are no doubts in the ability of zero emissions bus transport systems to improve the air quality in urban areas. Especially when it’s considered that an electric bus can save 500 tonnes of CO₂ being released every year compared to a bus running on diesel. But without enough reliable data on the costs and benefits of running an electric bus fleet, implementation into the market is proving to be a difficult process.