Recovering energy from waste can greatly help to curb emission problems, especially when used to power public transport such as buses. The aim of this measure is to go well beyond the EU Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) requirements and lay the foundations for the take-up of second generation bio-fuels and EEV vehicles.
Iasi aims to prove that the usage of alternative fuels can contribute to citizens' quality of life by reducing pollution levels in areas of dense traffic. The introduction of alternative fuels in public transport can demonstrate that cleaner public transport is in direct connection with the improved health of citizens. By installing a recovery unit and liquefying equipment for methane emissions from the landfill, Iasi proves that other fuel resources can be successfully exploited.
The measure covers four tasks:
- Study of emissions levels, looking at four strategic locations within the CIVITAS corridor and examining the impacts of bio-methane use in public transport on air quality from the study;
- Bio-methane energy supply, installing recovery and liquefying equipment for methane emissions from the landfill;
- Bio-methane-fuelled public transport, investing in modification of 30 vehicles in the PT bus fleet to operate them on bio-methane; and
- Promotion of biofuels, launching a promotion campaign to demonstrate the impact of alternative fuels.