First York forecasts electric fleet to double carbon saving in next year
First Bus York has announced that its fleet of all-electric double-deckers used on the Park & Ride, which it operates in partnership with City of York Council, saved 826 tonnes of carbon emissions in the first year of service and is forecasting to double this in the next 12 months.
It also believes motorists can help to make the CO2 savings even greater and is encouraging drivers to try the Park & Ride with the trial of a free day return for leisure travellers until the end of August and a weekly ticket for commuters from September 6 to reduce car journeys into and out of the city.
Using official figures, the amount of carbon saved by the all-electric bus for every return journey from a Park & Ride site is equivalent to taking seven cars off the road for the same trip.* Based on the total number of journeys made by the Metrodecker fleet this could remove more than 15,300 cars a week from the streets of York and help limit congestion.
Department of Transport data shows that a standard car produces 1.59 kilograms of carbon for the 7-mile average round trip from the P&R sites, roughly equal to the combined weight of the gold, silver and bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympics.**
First Bus York announced its carbon saving target to mark a year since the first Metrodecker vehicles were introduced to the network, when the Askham Bar corridor became the first route to be served only by zero-emission buses last August.
The impact of the pandemic and lockdowns meant staggered deliveries of vehicles with the last of the 21 new double-deckers entering service at the end of May. This is now the biggest zero-emission Park & Ride bus fleet in the country.
First Bus York made the calculation using information which takes into account total distance travelled together with official testing data on CO2 reduction per kilometre and carbon emissions produced from charging the buses.
Ian Humphreys, Managing Director of First Bus York, said: “These figures show the real impact our fleet has had in removing carbon emissions and what can be achieved every year from now on.
“We can be sure that carbon emissions are reduced every time our all-electric buses are on the roads of York and are determined to build on our success in growing sustainable travel and creating cleaner air in the city. This will also help to reduce congestion and continue to support the revival of the local economy as more people return to public transport for work and leisure.”
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Executive Member for Transport at City of York Council, said: “Supporting residents to get around sustainably is vital to tackling congestion and pollution. This anniversary of innovation in York’s transport sector sets a great example of how, as a city we can improve and adapt to travel greener, taking unnecessary car journeys off our roads and making space for more sustainable travel options.”
Cllr Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, added: “This is a brilliant milestone for the city. As we look ahead to our carbon net-zero target for 2030, getting around sustainably is key to reducing carbon as transport continues to account for around 28% of city-wide emissions***. York’s Park & Ride is the largest zero-emission bus service of its kind in the country, and the success of the Metrodecker fleet demonstrates what can be achieved by effective partnerships.”
*Figures based on the LowCVP Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme Certificate Well to Wheel Greenhouse Gas saving of 979 g CO2e/km.
**Based on Department of Transport data for average CO2 emissions per car 2018.
***York’s district-wide emissions profile in 2018 as modelled by SCATTER Inventory Tool.