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Renewable technology 'is the future for Scottish buses'

2012-03-27

Renewable technology represents the future of buses in Scotland, an MSP has said.

Bus operators in Scotland could soon be making much more extensive use of renewable technology, an MSP has predicted.
 
According to Kevin Stewart, who represents Aberdeen Central at Holyrood, eco-friendly systems will be the "future" for public transport providers, STV reports.

He noted that the European Union is already supporting Aberdeen's efforts to roll out 12 vehicles that make use of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the city, which can help local bus operators cut their fleet emissions. A hydrogen refuelling facility would also be created as part of the initiative.
 
However, Mr Stewart believes this project needs to be supported with funding from domestic organisations such as Scottish Enterprise, which has so far refused to back it. He has therefore contacted the body and called on it to think again about offering financial support.

Mr Stewart said hydrogen buses could help position Aberdeen as a leader in renewable green transport and be the "driving force" of a more eco-friendly transport system.
 
"Domestic funding would allow for a better, bigger project and develop a green bus system that can revolutionise the way we do transport," he commented.

Aberdeen City Council is already backing the delivery of the vehicles, along with the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.
 
The Scottish Government has made reducing the country's carbon footprint a key part of its agenda in the last few years, as a series of ambitious targets has been put in place.
 
First minister Alex Salmond recently argued that the issue of Compliance should be placed at the centre of all future decisions on energy, social development and the economy. He insisted this is "vitally important" at a time when the world is moving towards a recovery in the global economy.
 
This comes shortly after the prototype of a new eco-friendly bus, which has a lower carbon output than conventional vehicles, was unveiled in London.

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