Jun 21, 2018

Mayor of London orders 68 double-decker electric buses to create largest fleet in Europe

Electric Vehicles
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, ha placed an order for 68 fully-electric buses, intending to form the largest fleet in Eur...

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, ha placed an order for 68 fully-electric buses, intending to form the largest fleet in Europe.

The double-decker buses are part of the mayor’s scheme to tackle air pollution in the UK’s capital city, London.

In a joint venture, BYD, Alexander Dennis Limited, and Optare will be responsible for manufacturing the buses.

Khan aims for Transport for London (TfL) to have more than 10 times as many double-decker electric vehicles (EVs) in the city by 2019.


The mayor has previously set a target of introducing 240 3e-buses by the end of next year in order to reach 100% of buses in London being EVs by 2037.

“In London we’re helping to lead the way with my Ultra-Low Emission Zone, and I’m delighted to be able to announce a Europe-leading new fleet of electric double-decker buses too,” stated Sadiq Khan.

“We’re doing all we can to improve our air quality and we need the government to match our ambition to solve this national health crisis.”

With the new buses, the city will have two routes between Barnet and central London that are use only EVs.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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