2020 zero emissions bus forum: report and key findings

The transition to zero emission bus (ZEB)s is no longer a question of “if” for Australasia, but of “when and how”. With the evolution of zero emission technology and the impacts of diesel fleets on public health, liveability, and climate change, the status quo of diesel buses can no longer be justified into the future. Governments and operators are now presented with the opportunity to feasibly transition their fossil fuelled bus fleets to cleaner zero emissions technology. The ZEB transition is not just a fundamental change for the way we operate our on-road public transport services, but has the potential to stimulate the economy and further develop our advanced manufacturing capabilities, especially as we turn our attention to recovering from the impacts of COVID-19. The funding of the transition is a key question many planners are asking, not only for the bus fleet but also the associated infrastructure both inside the depot gate and outside it, such as depot charging facilities and energy network capacity. With many funding options available, it is expected funding models will differ depending on the local context and fleet ownership. Jurisdictions are finding that ZEBs can have lower whole-of-life costs when both operational expenditure (OPEX) and capital expenditures (CAPEX) are considered. This will continue to improve in the coming years. Spreading and operationalising the cost of the ZEB transition is a challenge but can yield positive results especially if the full package of wider economic and environmental benefits are accounted for, including job creation and seeding the region’s advanced manufacturing capabilities. It is acknowledged that the carbon reduction impact of ZEBs depends on the availability and usage of 100% renewable energy sources such as solar energy or green hydrogen. As such, cooperating with the energy sector is essential to ensure energy supply readiness and that emissions are reduced from day one.

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  • Created Date: Apr 6 2021 10:00AM