Brussels Airport Company has issued an invitation to tender for the purchase of 30 electric buses to transport passengers at the airport. In addition, Brussels Airport Company will replace 40 service vehicles over the next two years with vehicles running on natural gas. Brussels Airport Company is investing in these new technologies in order to reduce its carbon footprint, and at the same time to improve passenger comfort.
Brussels Airport Company is renewing its bus fleet at the airport in order to reduce the particles, the CO2 and odour nuisance at the airport significantly. The airport operator wants to purchase 30 electric buses, and will therefore have to install electric charging points and adapt the electricity network. In addition, Brussels Airport Company will replace 40 service vehicles over the next two years with vehicles running on natural gas. For any other future replacements too, the company will first check the possibility to deploy an environmentally-friendly vehicle.
The electric buses at Brussels Airport should be driving around by the beginning of 2018, giving us an annual reduction of 600 tonnes of CO2.
The buses at Brussels Airport transport passengers between the piers and the aircraft, and transfer passengers between Pier A and Pier B. The buses are also used for the transport on the tarmac at events or guided visits, and also take staff and passengers from the terminal to the car parks at Brucargo or vice-versa. For the last-mentioned route, there will be a driverless electric shuttle. The electric bus will be used until the shuttle goes into service.
In addition to the purchase of 30 electric buses, Brussels Airport Company has decided to gradually ‘green’ its fleet of service vehicles on the airport premises and where possible deploy environmentally-friendly vehicles.
The first 40 natural gas vehicles should be driving around Brussels Airport within two years, and in the following years the service vehicles will be replaced according to need. Natural gas vehicles emit 90% less fine dust and 20% less CO2 than diesel and petrol vehicles. There is also no smell from the exhaust.