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Tartu’s urban busses powered by green gas

Tartu City Government Press Release

Gaasibuss Foto: Joonas Sisask

6 January / As of 1 January of this year, all 64 of the busses travelling on Tartu’s urban lines are powered by renewable fuel, i.e. biomethane or green gas.

Tartu is one of the few medium-sized cities in Europe where the city’s entire public transportation system has been converted to operate on renewable fuel.

According to Tartu Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm, Tartu's big goal is to reduce the environmental impact resulting from transportation. ‘The adoption of biomethane allows us to take a major step forward in that direction. A clean, people-friendly and sustainable city environment has been Tartu's priority for decades, as it is today and will continue to be in the future.’

The energy company Alexa supplies Tartu’s urban busses with biomethane at the region’s largest public gas filling station, located at Ringtee 25, in Tartu.

‘In terms of the environment, there is no better alternative to biomethane in the transport sector today.’ Biomethane is also made unique by the fact that it is produced locally in Estonia. In this way we are able to use the locally produced renewable fuel to reduce the volume of imported liquid fuels, keep jobs in Estonia, and support rural areas,' said Aivo Adamson, Chairman of the Management Board of AS Alexela.

The start of biomethane production is planned for this summer, in Ilmatsalu, with the majority of the plant’s output set to be consumed by Tartu’s urban busses. This is an excellent example of how the recycling of regional bio-waste allows for the development of environmentally friendly services in the same region and the creation of ‘green’ jobs.

The adoption of biomethane by Tartu’s urban line busses is supported by the Environmental Investment Centre with EUR 2.2 million from the European Union’s Cohesion Fund.

Additional information: Tartu City Government, Project Manager Jaanus Tamm, tel: +372-5850-6742; Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm, tel: +372-515-4738.

Last changed 06.01.2020