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Council uses waste wood to fuel Eco bus

Nottingham City Council is fuelling some of its buses using ethanol made from waste wood bark.
In a bid to tackle climate change the city is using three buses from Sweden that will run on ethanol.

Senior public transport officer Pete Mathieson told MRW: This follows on from Nottinghams own declaration for climate change and to tackle CO2 emissions. We looked at ethanol to fuel buses within the town. We procured the buses from Sweden and the fuel, which is produced from waste wood. The wood is made from the waste from the paper and pulp industry. Instead of putting it into landfill it is made into fuel. With this scheme we can reuse it and turn it into ethanol fuel.

In answer to critics who argued that the fuel is not home made, Mathieson said that fuel transported from Sweden was more environmentally economical than diesel transported from the Middle East. He also said that the system of using ethanol from wood waste is widespread in Sweden.

The council will be trialling the system for 18 months to see if the method works and whether it is cost effective.

Mathieson added: The actual buses are made out of 90% recyclable material. They are called Scania buses and at the end of their life they can be recycled again. Plus the fuel that goes inside it is made from recycled wood.

Image: Ethanol pumping station and ecobus

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