Monday, 19 December 2016

Scotland: North East Labour MSP Macdonald calls on Ministers to support hydrogen buses

Source: "Macdonald calls on Ministers to support hydrogen buses", Aberdeen Labour, 13th December 2016

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has urged the Scottish Government to give its financial backing to a European project that would see more hydrogen buses on the streets of Aberdeen. 

Aberdeen City Council’s Finance Committee has already given its support to the Joint Initiative Hydrogen Vehicles Across Europe (JIVE) project, having agreed to provide £2.5m in funding. However, the project can only go ahead if the Scottish Government is willing to provide an additional £3m. 

Lewis Macdonald said today:

“Aberdeen is leading the way in Scotland in the use of hydrogen buses, and the JIVE project is an excellent opportunity to ensure that we have more of these cleaner vehicles on our streets. 

“Support from the Scottish Government is vital to the success of this project, and I have written to Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse to urge him to ensure that the necessary funds are provided. 

“This is a great opportunity for Aberdeen City Council and the Scottish Government to work together on a project that will benefit Aberdeen, and which could serve as a blueprint for other cities in Scotland seeking to use more environmentally friendly vehicles. 

“I hope that Ministers will appreciate the potential of this project and give it their backing.”

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