Wrightbus prevents one million kgs of CO2 entering the atmosphere

Ballymena bus manufacturer Wrightbus has prevented an incredible one million kilograms (1,000 tonnes) of harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions entering the atmosphere since the launch of its world-first hydrogen double decker buses - just two years after the company was bought out of administration.

By Claire Cartmill
Monday, 1st November 2021, 5:00 pm

The reduction in emissions, from 600,000 miles covered by Wrightbus’s fleet of hydrogen-powered buses, is the equivalent of taking more than 230 cars off the roads for a whole year.

Wrightbus launched its first zero-emission bus - the Streetdeck Hydroliner - last year in Aberdeen, with the fleet entering passenger service in January 2021. The Hydroliner bus emits only water from its tailpipe, with no harmful emissions.

In addition to the Aberdeen fleet, the company’s zero emission hydrogen buses are currently in operation in London, Dublin and Belfast. A further 20 buses have been delivered to Birmingham, with several other local authorities looking to introduce them to their town and city streets to improve local air quality.

Wrightbus CEO Jo Bamford

Wrightbus also recently unveiled the Streetdeck Electroliner, its first double-decker EV bus, and the fastest charging double deck EV on the market at just two hours 45 minutes.

In the run-up to the COP26 climate conference, the first ever Streetdeck Hydroliner model undertook a nationwide tour from London to Scotland,

The UK Hydrogen Roadshow - a partnership between bus manufacturer Wrightbus, RYZE Hydrogen and hydrogen production company INEOS - saw the bus travel a 600-mile route, taking in businesses along the way to highlight the potential that low-carbon hydrogen fuel has to play in various industries, including aviation, construction, heating and transport. Its journey ended at Jordanhill School, in Glasgow, where pupils learned all about hydrogen and its potential to help prevent climate change.

When green entrepreneur Jo Bamford took over Wrightbus in October 2019, only 56 staff remained in the business. Just two years on, and largely thanks to its new zero emission products, Wrigtbus is now on track to have more than 900 staff over the next few months once its latest recruitment drive is complete.

Wrightbus Hydroliner

“Hitting such a landmark on the eve of COP26 is incredibly emotive,” said Wrightbus Executive Chairman Jo Bamford.

“When we set out on this journey our aim was to offer multiple zero-emission solutions, but to see this number on paper - one million kgs of CO2 saved - really puts our efforts into context.

“At Wrightbus we have been relentless in our commitment to zero emissions transport but even though these figures are impressive we cannot let up. As we showcase the Wrightbus Hydroliner, the world’s first hydrogen double-decker bus, to world leaders at COP26, we will continue to press the case for more support for zero emissions transport.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper whenever you are able to do so.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper when you can safely.

You can also enjoy unlimited access to the best news from across Northern Ireland and the UK by subscribing to newsletter.co.uk

With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.

Thank you