The FCH JU launches its study on urban buses: alternatives power trains for Europe

6 December 2012-

The European Union is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2050, something which will also require a 95% reduction in road transport. Achieving this objective requires combining two actions: (1) Increasing the share of public transport; and (2) promoting the use of low-emission vehicles.

Therefore the development of clean buses with alternative powertrains can contribute toward de-carbonizing urban road transport.

In order to study the advantages and outlook of clean buses, some 40 companies and government organisations participated in a study on the various powertrain technologies available for urban buses in Europe from 2012 to 2030. The study facilitated by McKinsey & Company provides up-to-date comparative and objective well-to-wheel data of their sustainability, performance and economics, with the goal of substantiating the rationale behind introducing clean buses with alternative propulsion concepts and the respective infrastructure.

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking which has supported the study is organising a presentation of the study on 6 December, from 12.00 to 17.15 at its premises in Brussels.

Key results will be presented and participants will have the opportunity to discuss the implications for EU urban and transport policy. 

The presentation is available here.

The final report can be downloaded


Venue: FCH JU premises, White Atrium building, 56-60, avenue de la Toison d’Or, 1060 Brussels


12.00 Registration and Networking Lunch

13.30 Welcome address

Bert De Colvenaer, FCH JU Executive Director

13.45 Presentation of the conclusions of the study “Urban buses: alternative power trains for Europe”

Joris de Boer, McKinsey

15.00 Discussion on a second phase of the study for Fuel cell buses: scope and  ambition

Carlos Navas, Nicolas Brahy, FCH JU.

16.30 Presentation of the CHIC and High V.LO City bus project experiences of 9 European cities,

Eleni Seriatou, HyER and Paul Jenné, Van Hool

17.10: Closing of the meeting