Follow the green brick road

Claire Haigh
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Wouldn’t it be brilliant if the bus you took to work was powered by used cooking oil from your local chip shop?

If it was battery powered it could be even greener than it is today.

These are some of the ways Britain’s most popular form of public transport could be powered in the future – provided the industry continues to seize the initiative and find better ways of introducing low carbon technologies.

A thought provoking report by Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) released yesterday identified a number of cost-effective options for cutting UK bus emissions even further.

Buses and coaches have a key role to play in relieving congestion, reducing the carbon footprint from transport and improving local air quality. This means maximising road space and precious fuel resources and helping the environment.

Although as a mode of transport buses already offer travellers a brilliantly green way to travel there is always room for improvement and LowCVP’s report lays out a number of ways the industry can continue to push ahead in this area over the coming years. Green technology continues to be a hotbed of innovation and in the bus industry it is no different, some of the new technologies and techniques highlighted can still impact hugely on emissions, some by even 30%.

Although we must be mindful of the high investment costs necessary, especially in the current climate, it is important that we continue to push ahead in this area. The government’s Green Bus fund offers some opportunities for bus companies and local authorities to take advantage – it is however important that we all continue to look for other opportunities to fund and sustain making buses even greener.

At Greener Journeys our vision is to transform our communities into cleaner, greener, less congested and more prosperous places to live and work, where public transport is a convenient and desirable choice for everyone. A key aim on the way to achieving this is getting drivers to switch just one car journey to bus or coach a month, which would mean one billion fewer car journeys and a saving of 2m tonnes of CO2.

Buses play a crucial role in a more sustainable future for Britain with fewer car journeys and more bus journeys meaning a healthier, happier, greener, more productive Britain. LowCVP’s report puts forward another set of opportunities that could help make those one billion journeys even greener.

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