UK buses setting net zero pace

The UK bus sector could be the first to achieve net zero, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

In a new report, Next Stop, Net Zero: The Route to a Decarbonised UK Bus Market, it suggests that heavy investment from manufacturers is fuelling the trend with 13 different zero emission models now available in the UK and 40% of sales last year either electric or hydrogen.

The report suggests the market could achieve carbon neutrality as early as 2030. However, to realise this, investment in charging infrastructure, both within depots and strategically-placed charging hubs, will be critical.

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Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “With the biggest zero emission market in Europe, Britain’s bus industry is in a strong position to become the first vehicle sector to decarbonise. Reaching that destination, however, requires a clear timetable and appropriately ambitious support.

Governments have played a vital role in driving uptake through grant funding, and every region should be supported so that all passengers can enjoy the advantages of going green. Only then will the full benefits of sustainable public transport be realised nationwide, a necessary part of our task to deliver net zero road transport.”