Tackling the challenges of climate change is a national priority and BusConnects will contribute significantly to that objective. Moving people from cars onto sustainable transport is essential in reducing CO2 emissions and addressing congestion.

Additionally, transitioning to a fleet of low and zero emission urban buses will contribute to a cleaner and more liveable city by reducing noise and air pollution.

The ultimate transition to zero emission urban buses will occur under the Government’s renewal programme, a process which has initially been encompassed within the BusConnects Dublin programme.

Sustainability and greener cities are cornerstones of the BusConnects programme. A new fleet of low and zero emission urban buses coupled with improved cycling facilities will result in more people using more eco-friendly modes of transport across the cities of Ireland.

The NTA in collaboration with Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus, has now commenced the transition to a zero emission urban public bus fleet.

Further projects to convert more city and town bus services to zero-emission operation are under development across the country, with the intention being that the entire urban public bus fleet will be zero-emission by 2035.

The NTA has also recently undertaken a market consultation exercise to determine likely timelines for the availability of zero-emission and/or ramp-accessible coaches with a view to decarbonising longer distance public bus services.

Those suppliers that responded have indicated that zero-emission coaches will become much more widely available during the second half of the decade.

Photos of Buses below:

Zero Emissions Buses