Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Dubai's RTA launches its latest environmental initiative, the Green Bus, which is a bio-fuel run vehicle.
Dubai's RTA launches its latest environmental initiative, the Green Bus, which is a bio-fuel run vehicle.

Green Bus to roll into Dubai streets

The Green Bus, launched by the Roads and Transport Authority, may soon be rolling into the streets of Dubai as the authority tests out its latest environmental initiative.

DUBAI // A bus fuelled by bio diesel is currently being tested by the Roads and Transport Authority.

Known as the Green Bus, the authority's latest environmental initiative will be used as a feeder bus for the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro for the next six months.

In addition to running on bio diesel, the Green Bus is also fitted with solar powered LED lights. Recycled materials are used in different parts of the bus interior, including the floor and seats cover.

"This joint venture of experimenting with the use of bio fuels in our public buses is a vital national project, which will not only benefit the two parties of the agreement, but will benefit the environment," said Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, chief executive of the RTA's Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector. "This, in turn, will enhance public health and bring about dividends to future generations as well,"

Bio diesel produces 10 times fewer harmful green house emissions than regular diesel. "The waste left by the diesel used in the Public Transport Agency buses is almost negligible compared to the diesel used by other buses and trucks operating in the UAE."

The RTA is testing the bus in cooperation with SS Lootah International Group, one of the leading advocates of bio fuel technology in the UAE.

"This trend is now widely perceived as a necessary measure to reduce global warming, conserve natural resources, and recycle waste by transforming it into environment-friendly bio fuels," said Yousef Saeed Lootah chief executive of the group.

Mr Younes said the Green Bus initiative also fell in line with the Dubai Government Strategy 2015 for sustainable development, and was part of the strategic objectives of the RTA to achieve environmental and financial sustainability.

malkhan@thenational.ae

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 An tenant in the Al Barsha area of Dubai has been sent a non-renewable contract by the landlord. Randi Sokoloff / The National

Dubai landlord refuses to pay back Rera fees after losing rent case

Keren Bobker helps a tenant who wants to know how to reclaim his RERA case fees and who has also been sent a contract with a “one-year nonrenewable” note.

 A customer looks at a large mock-up of videogame console Game Boy.  Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Photo

Nintendo’s Game Boy at 25: hand-held legacy lives on

Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary Monday with the portable device’s legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.

 Lewis Hamilton got off to an ideal start in the Mercedes at the Chinese Grand Prix. Cliva Mason / Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton completes dominant victory at Chinese Grand Prix

It is a Mercedes 1-2 as Nico Rosberg finishes in second place with Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso getting a podium place.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 The mother removes the noose with the help of her husband from around the neck of Balal.

In pictures: Mother forgives her son’s killer as he awaited his execution

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National