Keith Brown, the transport minister, has just announced that there will be a fleet of hybrid buses brought to Edinburgh city. Fifteen buses in total will come, and they have been reported to produce about a third less carbon emissions than a diesel bus. The buses are partly financed by the Green Bus Fund – an initiative by the Scottish Government.
Mr Brown commented about the buses, “Scotland has set an example to the world by choosing to remove carbon emissions from its streets by 2050. This is one of many actions that are going to make this a reality. It is one step that we are taking towards an economy with a smaller carbon footprint.”
Calum McCallum a spokesperson for Transform Scotland has said, “These buses are a good step forward but it is not enough. Even if we use all of the Greener Bus Fund we are only going to see around 50 green buses on the streets. This is a pretty small number when you consider that there are currently four thousand buses in Scotland.” The buses are powered by electricity and they benefit from regenerative breaking, which recharges the batteries when the bus breaks.