Pakistan to introduce biomethane buses

January 3, 2019. The Pakistani port city of Karachi is set to introduce more environmentally friendly buses powered by biomethane onto the streets, in order to improve air quality and mitigate global warming.

   With funding from the international Green Climate Fund, Karachi will launch a zero-emission Green Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network, with 200 buses fueled by biomethane.

   The new bus system, due to start operating in 2020, will help reduce air pollution and street noise.

   Malik Amin Aslam, Climate Change Advisor for the Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, said the BRT system was the first transport project the Green Climate Fund had approved, and would bring “multiple environmental and economic benefits”.

   The bus network will cater for 320,000 passengers daily, and should reduce planet-warming emissions by 2.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent over 30 years.

   The BRT system, to be rolled out over four years, will have a fleet of 200 hybrid buses that will run on biomethane produced from manure excreted by Karachi’s 400,000 milk-producing water buffaloes, and collected by the authorities.

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