15 November 2010

Extra one million pounds for Scottish Green Bus Fund

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson has announced an additional £1 million for the Scottish Green Bus Fund on the day the Scottish Government published plans to capture the enormous opportunities the low carbon economy offers.

The fund - which has already benefitted from a £3.4 million investment - provides bus operators, local authorities, and regional transport partnerships with funds to help with up front costs of buying low carbon buses.

Speaking at the Alexander Dennis bus plant in Falkirk, Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said:

"I’m delighted to announce another £1 million for the Scottish Green Bus Fund to further reduce transport emissions. This comes on the same day as we publish our ‘Low Carbon Economic Strategy’ which outlines plans to create new green jobs and seize the opportunities the global low carbon market offers.

“To meet Scotland’s tough targets to tackle climate change, we must decarbonise almost all road transport by 2050. This extra investment will offer a greater opportunity for the purchase of low carbon vehicles to enter the Scottish bus fleet as well as help stimulate demand for green technology in Scotland.

"The Scottish Green Bus Fund will play an important role to achieving our target of reducing emissions by 42 per cent by 2020.”

The Scottish Government expects to announce the successful bidders for the Scottish Green Bus Fund in the coming weeks.
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