City of Seville expects 75% of its bus fleet to run on natural gas
The delegate of Ecological Transition and Sports, David Guevara, expressed Seville’s commitment to have during this mandate the 75% of the city’s bus fleet (now 57%) powered by natural gas. This is part of the municipal sustainability strategy in public transport and of the international commitments assumed to fight against climate change and comply with the Seville 2030 Strategic Plan, as well as the United Nations SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
This was announced during the ‘miciudadatodogas’ day, organized by Enagás, Gasnam and Enerlis Technology, with the support of the Seville City Council, which chose this city to start a route through Spain among cities committed to sustainable mobility.
Guevara opened the meeting together with Fernando Impuesto, General Director of Enagás Emprende; Eugenia Sillero, General Secretary of Gasnam; and Ibon Basterrechea, CEO of Enerlis Technology. Seville is the first headquarters of an initiative that will cover Spanish cities committed to sustainability with natural gas and biomethane vehicles. During this route, events will be organized around the best practices of sustainable mobility, representing a meeting space for political representatives, specialized companies and other relevant agents in the sector.
In this context, the delegate of Ecological Transition and Sports explained that the goal of the 75% of the transport company Tussam’s fleet fueled by natural gas would allow not only to save 30% on fuel, but also to reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere by 291 tons . "Our intention is to continue advancing from the public sphere and, of course, to contribute to any initiative such as this one so that Seville is a reference in sustainable mobility and use of alternative energies," he said.
“We have the objective of working hand in hand with private companies that are committed to innovation and sustainability and collaborate in joint projects so that the city functions as an urban laboratory of experiences and proposals with which we can contribute to designing the cities of the future,” stated Guevara.
Impulso also commented: “Natural gas and renewable gases are a real alternative for the energy transition in mobility. Currently we are already seeing the great contribution of natural gas in urban and professional transport. In the short term, we will see the contribution of biomethane and, in the medium term, of hydrogen. The combination of all of them will allow us to continue moving towards decarbonization of transport.”
Moreover, Basterrechea added: “Natural gas represents a safe energy, which provides competitive advantages for its significant savings in relation to other alternative fuels and which also contributes decisively to improve the air quality of our cities by canceling the emissions of solid micro-particles and the gases that cause the acid rain and urban pollution.”
Source: City of Seville