The first environmentally friendly compressed gas buses have arrived in Tallinn and by the end of the year, 100 new buses using biofuel have been added to city traffic, and in the coming years 350 new buses using biofuels. With the introduction of new bus communications, the ecological footprint of Tallinn's public transport will reduce the urban environment by almost 25,000 tons per year.
The mayor of Tallinn, Mihhail Kõlvart, said how coronavirus crisis showed us how much we depend on each other. "In the same way, we should understand the impact of our lifestyle on nature and the health of the planet. This is a shared responsibility of all of us, the state, local government, organizations and on individual levels. It depends on all of us whether we can bequeath a living environment in good health to our children, "said the mayor. "Bringing a total of 100 environmentally friendly compressed gas buses into urban traffic is one of the largest environmentally friendly mobility investments in recent years - and not only in Tallinn, but in the whole country."
At this point, 43 biomethane buses have arrived in Tallinn, and the first gas buses that have passed the test run will start running on the route schedules already this week. Of the first 100 compressed gas buses, 60 are Solaris Urbino 12 CNG standard buses for 80 passengers and 40 are Solaris Urbino 18 CNG articulated buses with a capacity of 150 passengers.
In addition to making public transport more environmentally friendly, the introduction of compressed gas buses will help save a total of 30 percent on fuel costs, which results nearly two million euros anually. 350 buses running on biomethane will reduce CO2 emissions into the city by about 25,000 tons per year, which is estimated to be comparable to the average annual emissions of 7,000 cars with internal combustion engines.
"The arrival of new biomethane buses is the biggest environmentally friendly innovation in Tallinn public transport in recent years," said Deniss Boroditš, a member of the board of Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS. A successful and a several year long partnership with the Polish bus company Solaris Bus & Coach is a major result. In addition, we are closer to the renewable energy targets adopted in the European Union.
Biomethane-based gas filling stations will be built in the bus terminals of Kadaka tee and Peterburi tee by Bioforce Infra OÜ, CNG Fuels LTD and ICP Solutions OÜ, where new buses on compressed gas will be supplied with environmentally friendly fuel over the next ten years.
The acquisition of new gas buses and the construction of terminals is a strategic goal to replace all today's diesel buses with an environmentally friendly and modern alternative by the year of 2025. It is also an important step in Tallinn's aspiration to the title of European Green Capital 2022.