Australia to Invest in Fuel Cell Buses and Hydrogen Infrastructure

Government to spend Aus$67 million over three years to fund a national programme for hydrogen fuel depots and purchase up to 90 hydrogen fuel cell buses

Published: 16-Dec-2004

ralia has the potential to be among the world's leading nations in zero-emission hydrogen-powered public transport, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.

"A re-elected Coalition Government will contribute Aus$67 million over three years to a national programme for hydrogen fuel depots and purchase up to 90 hydrogen fuel cell buses," Senator Campbell said.

"As we move to using cheap, readily available alternate resources to fossil fuels, hydrogen power is set to become a major factor in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"Buses currently contribute about 2.7 percent of road transport greenhouse gas emissions. Replacing the entire Australian bus fleet with hydrogen-powered buses would cut the carbon dioxide currently produced by two million tonnes, the equivalent of taking 500,000 cars off the road.

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