No, this is not a joke…a third of London’s buses will run on fuel made from meat from next year, transport bosses have revealed. Make no mis-steak, we’re not sure how the vegetarians on the city are feeling about this…but in terms of emissions and pollution, we think it’s a great idea! The switch will reduce CO2 emissions by 21,000 tonnes each year, with no extra spend needed and no long delay!
By March, 3,000 of the capital’s 8,900 buses will use B20 green diesel, which is blended with waste from the meat industry. Animal fat and cooking oil are among the ingredients that will be churned into the bus fuel. Sounds delicious… More than 640 buses already run on the modified fuel as part of a two-month trial (nope, we didn’t know that either…)
Deputy mayor for environment and energy Matthew Pencharz said:
“These buses will be a proud addition to what is already the greenest bus fleet in the world, including hybrid, pure electric and pure hydrogen vehicles […] We will continue to work with our industry partners to use more of London’s used cooking oil turned into biodiesel right here in the city, creating green jobs and fuel self-sufficiency benefits.”
TfL’s Ultra Low Emission Zone plan means all 300 single decker buses operating in central London must be electric or hydrogen-powered by 2010. All 3,100 double decker buses must be hybrids by the same date. YOU GO LONDON! This is what we like to hear.
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