Transport minister Norman Baker has announced £12m of funding for 213 new low-carbon buses and a further £5m to upgrade buses with cleaner engines and treatments for exhausts.
Speaking at the UK’s first Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference at City Hall this week, Baker said: “The benefits of biomethane gas are huge. We are continuing to drive down carbon emissions in transport, and fleet vehicles is an area where we are making good progress.”
The minister also supported the launch of the Gas Vehicle Hub, a project to provide information on the location of biomethane-powered fleets, refuelling infrastructure and vehicles available in the UK.
The first Gasrec biofuel blend re-filling station was opened last month near Daventry, Northamptonshire, and the firm plans to open a network including several more by 2015, MRW reported. The station will be used by some of the dual-fuel fleets of B&Q, Tesco, and Sainsbury’s.
Chief executive at The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) Charlotte Morton said: “Biomethane from biogas is one of the few options for decarbonising heavy goods vehicles.
“Trials on biomethane vehicles have shown huge air quality and noise reduction benefits as well as the clear reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, which come from using such an ultra-low carbon fuel.”
For the sector to develop she said feedstock needed to be secured through waste and bioenergy policies, and the use of biomethane in vehicles should be driven by adequate renewables incentives.