Green transport projects to help reduce air emissions in UK cities including a fleet of biogas powered buses have today (17 November 2016) received government backing.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is to award bus operators and local authorities across England a share of funding to buy low emission buses and install chargepoints and other infrastructure in other parts of the country.

The government body announced the move today, following trials of the UK’s first poo-powered bus for Bristol’s period as European Green Capital last year.

The pioneering Bio-Bus developed by Wessex Water’s renewable energy company GENeco, was powered by methane gas generated during the treatment of inedible food waste and sewage. Biogas from the plant is now being injected into the gas network to power thousands of homes in the Bristol area - a real-life example of the circular economy in action.

More than 70 biomethane buses are now set to take to the streets in cities around the country including Nottingham and Liverpool.

Biomethane buses running on renewable sources could significantly reduce air emissions in cities. They also have a lower carbon footprint than buses powered by traditional diesel engines.

GENeco managing director Mohammed Saddiq said: “The Bio-Bus was extremely successful, with both passengers and environmental organisations praising the initiative. Most importantly it started a global debate on how biomethane buses running on renewable sources could significantly reduce air emissions in cities around the world.

“We’re delighted to see that one of the legacies of the Bio-Bus is that following the successful OLEV bids there are now set to be more than 70 biomethane buses running in other parts of the country.”