Ministers welcome arrival of first Hydrogen powered buses


The arrival of the three new Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses in Northern Ireland is the culmination of an exciting zero emissions bus pilot project powered by Green renewably produced Hydrogen.

The buses, emit only water and will be 100 per cent powered by green renewable wind energy, responding to the global climate emergency by reducing air pollution and protecting public health. Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon and transport minister Rachel Maclean have welcomed the first hydrogen powered double decker buses entering service.

Translink together with the Energia Group formed a consortium which successfully bid for part funding from the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) with the remainder of funding from the Department for Infrastructure.  The overall capital investment represents around £4 million.

“I am delighted to see these new buses enter service,” Mallon said. “They will be transformative for communities here as we seek to deliver more sustainable low carbon public transport. “I have been clear that tackling the climate crisis is a priority for me and I am committed to a building a better future where we make zero or low emission public transport accessible to communities across the North. My Department recently allocated funding of almost £66 million for the purchase of 145 zero and low emission buses that will enter the Translink fleet during 2021/22.

“The entry into service of the three new Hydrogen powered buses, funded by my Department and OZEV, is another exciting milestone in our move towards a zero-emission public transport fleet. This is just the beginning and I am committed to delivering cleaner, greener transport for the benefit of our environment and our communities right across Ireland.”

Maclean explained that to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050, the whole transport sector will need to embrace new innovative technology such as green hydrogen and this project is a fantastic example of doing just that. “I’m proud to see the UK leading the way when it comes to the global transition to zero-emission vehicles. In the next decade, we will continue to be at the forefront of the design, manufacture and use of them too as we strive towards our net-zero goals.”

Chris Conway, group chief executive, Translink said that the company is committed to leading a transport transformation in Northern Ireland, driving change to zero emissions, and engaging across all industry sectors to learn from best practice in low carbon innovation and bus manufacturing. “Locally, 35 per cent of all energy is expended on transport and as today demonstrates, we believe modal shift from car to sustainable transport can be accelerated with the right investment. We now look forward to achieving further important milestones on our journey to Net Zero Emissions public transport and securing a brighter future for generations to come.”

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