Helsinki to reduce emissions by 80%

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Finland. Hazardous emissions and greenhouse gases are taken very seriously. Some streets struggle with noise issues.

In many medium size Nordic cities the Low Entry 6×2 rule. The Volvo 7900 is still for some while available as a Low floor 12m version with 4×2, only. Some cities now evaluate hybrid buses to decrease the environmental load.

Volvo 7900 Hybrid in Turku/Åbo

Helsinki has one of the most aggressive plans known to me. The plan is to reduce the hazardous emissions from the bus fleet by 80% by 2020. And, the target is valid for the average fleet, not the new purchase. This effectively means a complete renewal of the fleet. It will be interesting to see which energy efficiency targets that will be set.

 

Tampere

Wednesday night started with a short jogging in the beautiful city of Tampere followed by half an hour in the Sauna with three polite gentlemen from Finland. First they helped me to throw water on the Sauna stones. After a couple of minutes I qualified for a beer. And, before they left the Sauna, they filled up the bucket with water for me.

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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