Major investment in biogas in the Baltic Sea Region
– Baltic Biogas Bus launches today
The Baltic Biogas Bus project is being launched today in Tartu, Estonia. Partners from across the Baltic Sea Region are participating in the project to promote biogas as a fuel for public transport.
SL has already made great progress in its work towards switching to renewable energy sources. By the end of 2009 alone, SL’s fleet of biogas buses will have increased from 81 to 129.
Interest in cutting dependence on fossil fuels has soared, partly as a result of the climate debate. More and more people are now seeing biogas as one of several ways to achieve lower emissions and a cleaner environment.
The Baltic Biogas Bus project includes representatives of cities, municipalities and companies across the Baltic Sea Region.
The project’s participants will draw up regional plans to implement the entire chain from production to distribution and use of biogas for bus traffic. The aim is to get politicians, bus manufacturers, infrastructure developers, etc. to realise the potential of biogas and encourage the development of products and systems for buses running on renewable biogas.
Today’s launch will be attended by the Estonian environment minister Jaanus Tamkivi and representatives from SLs biogas initiative. The project will run for three years, has a budget of EUR 4.2 million and forms part of the EU’s “Baltic Sea Region Programme”.
Participants in the Baltic Biogas Bus project:
Stockholm Public Transport, Sweden (Lead partner)
Mälardalen Energy Agency/Biogas East, Sweden
Ruter, Public Transport for Oslo and Akershus, Norway
HOG Energy, Norway
Hordaland County Council, Norway
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Tartu City, Estonia
Riga City Council, Latvia
Buses of Kaunas City, Lithuania
Motor Transport Institute, Poland
ATI Education, Research and Furtherance of Cooperations, Germany
ITC Innovations and Trendcenter, Germany
Tartu 1st of December
Baltic Biogas Bus project