Baltic Biogas Bus extension stage 2013-2014
The main stage Baltic Biogas Bus project summed up its results and achievments in 2012, concluding that biogas is the best choice available to lower emissions of greenhouse gases from public transports while also improving inner city air quality. Based on conclusions and discussions in the main stage project an extension stage, More Baltic Biogas Bus, was approved in 2013.
The final two years of the project focused on eco-driving, hybrid biogas electric buses and biogas upgrading. And now, after more than five years of succesful and fruitful cooperations in the Baltic Sea Region, the project has come to an end. Read more about the results and achievements in the final report (below) and in the Publications. We truly hope that this will be an inspiration for replication in more Baltic cities and regions.
Final report (pdf)
Biogas hybrid seminar & bus trip in Bergen, Norway
On Novmeber 21st the Norwegian partners of the BBB project is hosting a biogas hybrid bus seminar in Bergen. In connection with the seminar, a short trip with the biogas-electric hybrid bus that is part of the BBB extension stage investments will also be organized. The day before the seminar and bus trip all the partners will team up to discuss the last months of the project, which is due to end in January 2015.
Agenda (partner meeting & seminar)
BBB & smart cities conference in Warsawa, Poland
The More BBB project is organizing a seminar in Warsawa, Poland, on November 4th to present the results and experiences of the project so far (view the agenda below). On the 5-6th of November the project is also co-organizing a conference and study trip on smart cities in Warsawa. The conference will cover topics on spatial planning, sustainable energy systems, housing, mobility & transport.
Agenda BBB seminar, November 4
Agenda smart cities conference, November 5-6
Outlining the Baltic biogas future
The Pan European Networks (PEN) are devoted to providing the most relevant and up to date information for the European Commission as well as all other government agencies and departments across the European continent. Or to quote the PEN: "It is crucial that the dissemination reaches the peolple who ultimately have the power to allocate funding or formulate policy changes". In this summer's edition of the Pan European Networks: Government publication the Baltic Biogas Bus projects were presented and outlined as part of the transport section focusing on alternative fuels.
Read the full article
Biogas conference in Kaunas, Lithuania
On September 9th the More BBB project is organizing a conference in Kaunas, Lithuania. Advancements in all the different project activities will be presented, including biogas electric hybrid buses and eco-driving for better fuel economy. The main focus, however, is on biogas upgrading to increase the supply of sustainable bio fuels in the Baltic Sea Region (view the full programme below). The day before the event all partners are also teaming up for a partner meeting to discuss the developments going in to the last third of the project.
Invitation & agenda
Presentations from the seminar
Partner meeting and conference in Tychy, Poland
During the first week of june all the More BBB project partners are heading to Poland for a partner meeting and bio-methane conference. On june 2nd and 3rd the partners will discuss the project progress and also meet with two Polish associated partners, the city of Tychy and the city of Niepolomice, to discuss their interest in bio-methane as public transport fuel. On june 4th the More BBB project is co-hosting a conference in Tychy on the topic of "methane fuels in municipal transports". Other organizers are the city of Tychy and the Tychy public transport company, the Swedish-Polish Sustainable Energy Platform, Baltic Sea Region and the Motor Transport Institute.
Biogas hybrid bus conference in Bergen, Norway
On March 17th the third event of the Baltic Biogas Bus extension stage project is hosted by HOG Energi and Skyss in Bergen, Norway. This one day "Biogas hybrid bus conference" will focus on biogas bus experiences and the development of more energy efficient biogas-electric hybrid buses to be tested within the project. The conference will also touch upon the biogas development in Norway and strategies for implementing biogas as transport fuel. The full programme with all necessary details is now available below.
-Presentations from the seminar
-Newsletter about the event & biogas hybrid buses
-Invitation & programme
Study visit & regional seminar in Västerås, Sweden
On December 12th the second event of the Baltic Biogas Bus extension stage project is hosted by Västerås Public Transport and Biogas East in Västerås, Sweden. The study visit will give participants a chance to see biogas production, upgrading to vehicle fuel and distribution to bus depot, as well as fuelling of buses and eco-driving in biogas buses. Of course there is a biogas bus transporting everyone between venues. On December 13th all the project partners are teaming up for a partner meeting. For more information, click the links below:
-Presentations from the seminar
-Invitation & agenda, December 12th
-Agenda, December 13th (partners only)
-Map of Västerås city
Regional Seminar & partner meeting in Riga, Latvia
On September 30th the first Regional Seminar within the extension stage project More Baltic Biogas Bus will be hosted in Riga by the Riga City Council. The topic for the seminar is "introducing biogas for urban public transport". The first offical partner meeting will be held the next day on October 1st. For more information, click on the links below:
-Presentations from the seminar
-Agenda, September 30th
-Agenda, October 1st (partners only)
-Map of Riga City
Baltic Biogas Bus extension approved
The Baltic Biogas Bus project recently summed up its results and achievments, concluding that biogas is the best choice available to lower emissions of greenhouse gases from public transports while also improving inner city air quality. Based on conclusions in the main stage project an extension stage, More Baltic Biogas Bus, has been approved.
The objectives of the extension stage project are to enhance energy efficiency of biogas buses and to facilitate upgrading of more biogas to transport fuel quality. By making more biogas available as transport fuel in the Baltic Sea region, while also making the use of fuel more efficient, the extension stage project aims to get one step closer to the EU 2020 objectives of reducing greenhouse gases and increasing the share of renewable energy.
Please visit the Baltic Sea Region website for more information on the extensions.
Baltic Biogas Bus project 2009-2012
After three years, the Baltic Biogas Bus project is coming to an end. In the following pages, you can read about the outcomes of the project and our recommendations how to start using biogas as transport fuel.
On the road to climate-neutral public transport
Two options to access the "Biogas the natural choice for city buses" brochure:
-Read and browse online
-Download as PDF
However, already at this stage I would like to highlight some overarching results for urban public transport. The conclusions from the project leads me to claim that biogas buses are the best choice for urban public transport to lower emissions of green house gases and improve inner city air quality while creating energy autonomy and more sustainable jobs. Biogas will also significantly contribute to reaching the EU 2020 targets.
To persuade other stakeholders of the benefits of the use of biogas, the project has consistently and successfully made use of existing good examples and best practices in this field. Thanks to the work and lobbying activities carried out by project partners, introduction of biogas buses in several cities in the Baltic Sea Region have been launched. The well composed group of partners has also provided excellent opportunities for exchange of ideas and knowledge as well as reaching a wider network when disseminating our message. To ensure the progress of the project, continuous contact between partners has been necessary and we have had several partner meetings every year. This has enhanced the possibility to learn from one another and to formulate our findings in a coherent way.
Dissemination of results and ideas has been a strategic part of the project. Our network of twelve partners in eight countries in the Baltic Sea Region has formed a showroom to demonstrate a sustainable transport system as part of the solution to reach EU’s climate goals. A broad set of associated organisations in each country, the rest of Europe and beyond has reinforced the communication strategy.
Apart from dissemination, several activities have been executed generating strategies and policies how to introduce biogas in public transport as well as analyses of necessary measures to take when producing, distributing and using biogas in bus operations. I am confident that even though the project will come to an end in 2012, project partners will continue their work on using biogas as fuel in public transport.
On behalf of all partners of the Baltic Biogas Bus project, I would like to thank the Baltic Sea Region Programme and the Joint Technical Secretariat in Rostock for financing the project and relentlessly supporting it in many ways. I would also like to thank all our associated partners and attendants of project seminars who have shared their knowledge and ideas with us.
We have all together made the Baltic Sea Region a better place to live, work and invest in.
Project Manager, the Baltic Biogas Bus project