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EU GPP case study: EEV certified biomethane bus services in Reading, UK
Reading Borough Council identified high levels of NOx emissions resulting from road traffic and in 2009 launched an air quality action plan to try and tackle this issue. In 2012, the Council carried out an open, technology neutral tender for a number of services using eight shuttle buses to link key sites within the Town. Technical specifications set a minimum Euro 4 emission standard (as second- hand vehicles could be offered) but companies offering higher emissions standards scored points in the award phase, as did those who put forward innovative options to improve environmental performance. The winning bidder offered a service using new CNG powered buses, with an EEV emissions standard. The gas used to power the vehicles is 100% certified biomethane produced in the UK. NOx emissions are an estimated 30-50% lower than the Euro V diesel bus models available at the time the tender was launched. The services began in April 2013 and due to a 20% passenger increase, ten buses in total are now used.
English
United Kingdom
Transport and vehicles
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2014