Introduction of innovative technologies in bus fleet
Topic of the practice
Encouraging Low Emission Transports
Good Practice Information
It is a good example of how to introduce innovative technologies in local transportation. The main purpose of the introduced technologies is a year-by-year replacement of fossil fuels in the Oslo city and regional public transport entirely with renewable fuels, at the same time substantially increasing the total transport capacity. The Norwegian National Transport Plan foresees a growth in public transport demand in the Oslo-Akershus area of approx. 300 % by 2060. The goal of Ruter AS, the public transport authority, is to cover all growth in motorised transport by public transport, leading to the doubling of trips by 2030. To help to become climate neutral by 2020, Ruter AS plans to utilize different biofuels and hydrogen.
Ruter AS marks its environmental buses (using renewable fuel and/or with low energy use) with a butterfly. Main stakeholders are Ruter AS (jointly owned by Oslo and Akershus), AGA Gas, Departments of waste disposal and treatment and water and sewage treatment in Oslo and Air Liquide. Beneficiaries are suppliers of renewable energy and local citizens due to reduced local pollution.
Evidence of success
Today approx. 30 % of buses run fully or partly on biofuels: 36 biogas buses (CBG, from waste water), 21 bioethanol buses (E95 from wood), 240 biodiesel buses (B100 & B30). In addition, there are 18 hybrid buses and 5 hydrogen buses. In 2013 there will be another 51 buses running on biogas produced from food waste.
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Annex completed on: 11-12-2012