By shifting to electric-powered buses, cities can unlock the twin benefits of emissions reductions and cleaner air. But the transition requires more than simply replacing conventional buses with electric alternatives
DIRECTIVE OF TRAVEL The revised Clean Vehicle Directive has boosted the shift to sustainable public transport
OPERATIONAL SHIFT The transition to electric bus fleets requires collaboration between many stakeholders and a change in system operation
KEY QUOTE You can buy a bus, but you also need to have chargers, adapt your depot for charging and train the workforce, which has always worked on internal combustion engines and now must work on electric vehicles ...
India, struggling with traffic congestion, air pollution, scarcity of piped water and inadequate sewage treatment, is embarking on a mission to build at least 100 so-called smart cities. Technology companies are stepping up to the mark.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, just learn from those who have already done it. Cities are busy doing just that as they look for ways to adapt to climate change and build more liveable urban spaces.
Biomethane is gaining in profile as a clean solution to powering fleets of cars at a local level as well as a practical response to the need to better manage organic waste from food and farm production and to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles
Ensuring land use planning and transport policies are on the same page is vital if Auckland, New Zealand is to reduce emissions and meet its low carbon goals
California is leading efforts to make the transition from combustion engines to electric vehicles fair and just for all including low-income groups
Transport is the only sector in Denmark that has seen emissions increase since 1990. New regulation for public procurement and investment in some larger cities has helped to electrify more buses, but electrification of Denmark’s railway network connecting those urban areas is lagging behind
The economic argument for switching from diesel to electric is gaining strength
Hydrogen suffers from an abundance of hype, particularly about what it can be used for in the energy transition. Wild claims for the application of hydrogen, with little basis in current science and commercial reality, have worked to obscure the realistic opportunities for putting truly clean hydrogen to work here and now
The public transport sector has been hit hard by the covid-19 crisis. Since climate change is not taking a break, electrification must be at the centre of a green recovery. Smart depots will play a crucial role in transforming the face of urban transport, says Monique Mertins at Siemens Smart Infrastructure