As the COP21 starts, the FCH JU project CHIC (Clean Hydrogen in European Cities), a flagship zero emission bus project, saves over four million litres of fuel and demonstrates that the fuel cell bus technology is ready to underpin the decarbonisation of our urban centres.
As the post-Kyoto United Nations negotiations begin in Paris, transport emissions cannot be ignored. They account for one quarter of all CO2 emissions in Europe, while urban mobility represents 40% of all CO2 emissions of road transport.
Innovative public transport solutions such as fuel cell electric buses can play a key part in curbing emissions.
The technology is already a reality: In the CHIC project, 56 fuel cell buses have been operated in eight cities – Aarau (CH), Bozen (IT), London (UK), Milan (IT) and Oslo (NO), Cologne (DE), Hamburg (DE) and Whistler (CA) – emitting nothing but water vapour at the tailpipe. Key milestones on fuel cell buses’ contribution to fight climate change include:
- Over 6,000 tonnes of greenhouses gases saved, which amount to the annual fuel consumption of 91 diesel buses
- Over 4 million litres of diesel avoided so far
The project will run until the end of 2016. The city partners are currently planning for the expansion of their use of the technology.