Reducing Carbon Emissions with Green Buses: A Game-Changer for Public Transport:
In an era where the urgency to address carbon emissions from transportation is paramount, green buses and electric public transportation have emerged as catalysts for change. The Middle East stands at the forefront of this movement as the world navigates the challenges of achieving environmentally friendly transport. With growing recognition of the need to reduce transport carbon emissions, the region is embracing green buses’ transformative potential.
Passengers are increasingly drawn to low-emission transportation, not only for its quiet operation but also for its significant environmental benefits over traditional diesel-powered vehicles. With the recovery of the public transport sector from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the newly appointed president of a prominent global public transport body has urged operators to harness the potential of their emerging hydrogen and electric bus fleets. This strategic move aims to entice individuals towards public transport, presenting a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative for a post-pandemic world.
Transport Industry’s Green Push: Navigating Revenue Challenges and Climate Commitments
Transport leaders convening at a summit in Barcelona confront the task of establishing a significant presence in the cities of tomorrow amidst the challenges posed by remote work’s impact on revenue streams. As governments worldwide strive to fulfill international climate obligations by curbing emissions from polluting vehicles, the industry emphasizes its environmentally friendly credentials. Ms. Amilcar, acknowledging the heightened awareness of climate change, notes that the “green factor” can also serve as a compelling selling point for passengers. Moreover, the prospect of a seamless journey aboard electric buses, characterized by exceptional comfort, the absence of noise, and pollution-free air conditioning, is likely to be warmly received by passengers.
Electric Buses: Transforming the Market, Challenging Diesel Dominance
Electric buses are steadily gaining market share, yet they still represent a mere fraction of global bus sales, given the industry’s overwhelming dominance by China. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has announced an ambitious plan to achieve a fully zero-emission bus fleet by 2050. The use of electric buses to transport delegates at the previous Cop27 climate summit in Egypt showcased their potential. In Europe, diesel’s influence on bus sales has diminished from 85% to 67% in just three years, with over 3,500 chargeable vehicles sold last year, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association. Additionally, efforts are underway to electrify diesel-dependent railway lines, signaling a shift towards low-emission transport long after the advent of electric traction. Countries blessed with ample electricity resources are better positioned to transition to eco-friendly transportation alternatives.
From Barcelona to Dubai: Global Transport Summit Explores a Hydrogen-Powered Future
Hydrogen-powered buses are still in their early stages, yet they hold immense promise as cutting-edge technology. When used as fuel, hydrogen emits only water vapor, but currently, these vehicles are manufactured on a limited and costly scale. Ms. Amilcar anticipates attending the Cop28 summit in Dubai. As the successor to Saudi transport leader Khalid Alhogail, whose tenure as the head of the global transport body is drawing to a close, she recognizes the need to adapt our thinking in the post-pandemic era. Ms. Amilcar perceives the rise of ride-sharing, on-demand services, and compact modes of transportation like taxis and scooters as the prevailing trends of our time.