Delight as city gets zero-emission buses

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Twelve hydrogen fuel cell electric buses are to hit the streets of Dundee as part of a €25million European project.

A total of 14 European cities - also including Aberdeen - are taking part in the scheme, deploying a total of 152 zero-emission buses.

Both Scottish cities are taking part through the Scottish Cities Alliance, which is working to promote the country’s economic potential, underpinned by a commitment to make our cities efficient and sustainable, ensuring that the cities meet the increasing aspirations of international investors.

Chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance and Leader of Dundee City Council, John Alexander, said: “I am delighted that Aberdeen and Dundee have been successful within these ambitious projects.

“Working with the Scottish Cities Alliance, these buses and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure will further progress the decarbonisation of our cities by providing zero emission buses for our citizens.

“Dundee plans to create a ‘state of the art’ integrated energy park deploying hydrogen fuel cell buses, fleet vehicles and hydrogen and alternative fuels refuelling infrastructure with energy being derived from renewable technologies.

“This project will be a ‘first of its kind’ in Scotland combining heat, power and transport.”

Scotland is positioning itself as one of Europe’s leading early adopters of hydrogen technology, which will help to attract investment into sectors such as manufacturing, engineering and encourage the commercialisation of hydrogen technologies over the coming years.

As well as the economic benefits, zero emission hydrogen fuel buses also contribute to the achievement of Scotland’s challenging climate change targets, as well as improving local air quality in our cities.

Further projects of scale within this sector are being scoped to ensure that Scotland continues to be at the forefront of this dynamic technology and supply chain development is a very important part of this scoping.

Councillor Alexander added:  “We would like to build strong relationships with private sector partners both European and internationally on how we can work together on future projects, so this is the first step in what we hope will be a very positive story for hydrogen bus fleets across Scotland’s cities.”

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