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Government opens £30 million fund for low carbon buses

01 July 2009 #Emissions #SMMT News

The Department for Transport today announced a £30 million fund to encourage bus operators to purchase low carbon buses and support a UK-wide shift to low carbon transport. 


Government expects the fund to support the purchase of several hundred low carbon buses, thereby stimulating the development of the green technology industry. Low carbon buses use at least 30 per cent less fuel than conventional buses, but account for less than 0.2% of buses on the road today. The government initiative aims to lessen the impact of road transport on climate change as well as support the UK market for low carbon buses.   


The NAIGT report, released in May 2009, recommends that government adopts the low carbon automotive agenda as one of its core priorities and aims to create a transformed business environment in the UK for the automotive industry. The   cross-agency approach would include the incentivising of low carbon vehicles. While existing technologies are advanced in their own right, next generation vehicles will need to include various types of sustainable innovation and low carbon technology.

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