Cities continue to show commitment to low emission bus fleets by signing onto the C40 Clean Bus Declaration
Momentum continues to grow for new bus technologies among C40 cities. With the recent addition of Changwon, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, 26 cities have now signed on to the C40 Clean Bus Declaration, demonstrating the market potential for these new technologies to manufacturers. Signatory cities will have over 175,000 buses in their fleet by 2020, and have committed to switching over 45,000 of these to low emission. If the clean bus goals of these 26 cities are reached, GHG savings would be almost 1.3mn tonnes per year – if the cities manage to switch their entire bus fleet to low emission, the savings could be 2.8mn tonnes each year.
The Declaration was recently showcased in various discussions around city climate action at COP 21 in Paris. Transport is a massive opportunity area for reducing emissions; bus fleets in particular are owned/controlled by cities and are a great example of where cities can make a difference.
Many signatory cities have made ambitious commitments; for example, 20% of London’s bus fleet will shift by 2016 and 40% by 2020 to a combination of hybrid, full electric and hydrogen fuel-cell buses. In addition, we know that the Declaration is working and the market is responding as a result of demonstrating this global demand, as London has already been able to secure a 10% reduction in the price of hybrid buses.
However more needs to happen. Mayor of London Boris Johnson emphasised this point: “In London, hybrid, electric and hydrogen buses have helped transform our bus fleet. Now with 26 cities supporting our C40 Clean Bus Declaration we need more businesses to get on board to lower manufacturing costs and help reduce global emissions.”