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On the road: non-fossil fuel deployment for the public bus fleet of Sweden
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy and Climate Studies, ECS.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2896-8841
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy and Climate Studies, ECS.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7123-1824
2015 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The public transport sector in Sweden has set a target to run 90% of its total vehicle-kilometers on renewable fuels by 2020, and double its market share in the long term. The focus of this paper is the adoption of renewable fuels in public bus fleets. Data for all 21 Swedish counties were gathered and analyzed, mapping the bus fleets’ condition in relation to renewable fuel deployment, CO2 emissions and energy efficiency. The main factors affecting fuel choices in the bus fleets were investigated through a survey among environmental managers and transport planners at regional public transport authorities. The analysis highlights the challenges implied in the rapid shift that regional bus fleets are undergoing to adopt renewable fuels and reduce emissions. Political will and procurement have been strong success factors in facing these challenges. The survey indicates the stakeholders’ interest to switch to electricity for city routes, while biodiesel and HVO are preferred for longer routes. When it comes to how fuel choices are made, environmental factors seem to be prioritized, while the barriers identified are mainly economic and political.

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Keyword [en]
fossil-free fuels, renewable fuels, public transport, energy policy, biofuels, electric buses
National Category
Energy Systems
Research subject
Energy Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-173642OAI: diva2:854187
BIWAES 2015 - Biennial International Workshop Advances in Energy Studies 2015: Energy and Urban Systems, Stockholm 4th-7th May 2015
Fuel options for public bus fleets in Sweden - funded by f3 The Swedish Knowledge Centre on Renewable Transportation Fuels

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Available from: 2015-09-16 Created: 2015-09-16 Last updated: 2015-09-21Bibliographically approved

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