A new permanent biomethane gas filling station for the city’s MetroBus fleet of environmentally friendly buses has been opened by Cllr Kye Dudd, Cabinet member for Energy and Transport.
The new station, at the Bristol Community Transport depot in Bedminster, will be used to fuel buses on the m1 MetroBus route. The new station represents a £960,000 investment.
Cllr Dudd said:
“Last year we declared a climate emergency. As a city we are moving quickly to improve air quality and we will do this in the shortest possible time. Working in partnership with First West of England and Bristol Community Transport on projects like this leads the way in reducing vehicle pollution on our roads.
“On 1 July the council launched a public consultation to find out people’s views on two options to clean up the air in Bristol. These proposals will allow us to meet government air quality improvement targets, making Bristol a healthier place for everyone, as part of a wider series of commitments to a clean air plan.”
The biogas that fuels the buses is provided by the Gas Bus Alliance and comes from waste food and is supplied from anaerobic digesters across the UK. Bio-methane gas offers a more than 80% reduction in greenhouse gases and a 95% reduction in Nitrogen Oxides compared to older diesel buses and helps to improve air quality.