While most of the focus on meeting "EU" targets has been on the generation side of power we shouldn't forget that transport and heat weigh heavily in that equation. These are often seen as lagging behind generation but it is good to see some positive moves and talk about transport.
The call to avoid contracts for cities is understandable as the bigger companies do not have a requirement (at this stage) to convert their fleet or deploy new vehicles using alternative fuel but those companies are also looking at hybrid buses.
The Big Lemon Bus Company is also looking to raise funds in partnership with Brighton Energy Co-op to deploy two solar powered buses in and around Brighton - see tweets down the side for more info. Not only is this a lovely example of low carbon transport but also shows how communities can get involved in projects which are not just generation focussed.
The president of Volvo Buses believes an open standard that doesn't lock cities into contracts with individual suppliers could prove vital in accelerating the uptake of low-carbon buses across the country, and is calling on new stakeholders to engage in the conversation. Speaking exclusively to edie this week, Volvo Buses president Håkan Agnevall said the UK is well-placed to champion the electrification of public transport, “We view electro-mobility and electric bus systems as the future of transport in cities,” Agnevall said. “But one of the biggest changes will be the need for new stakeholders to engage with the dialogue. We need the infrastructure in place, as well as the electric supply, so this brings councils, operators and utilities to the table.