In what has been an unprecedented push from Moscow to go green in a bid to address a raft of climate change issues including a widespread wildfire in Siberia a couple of years back alongside a latest event in an arctic energy firm that experiences a pipeline leak due to an unpredictably higher temperature, leading to a mass-scale spill of harmful chemicals into the region, Moscow had been working out a plan to roughly quadruple the number of electric buses the Russian capital city currently operates over the coming years, gradually phasing out all fossil-fuel powered public transport vehicles, a senior city transport official Burlakov said later last week.
On top of that, latest remark from Artyom Burlakov, the deputy Chief of the innovative projects department at Mosgortrans that operates Moscow’s vast bus and tram networks, came against the backdrop of a separate statement from Mosgortrans made earlier in the year that said the city’s transport department which currently operates around 600 electric buses, was looking to muscle up its fleets of electric buses by 400 units by end-2021, while over 2022 and 2023, Mosgortrans had laid out a strategy to add around 420 and 855 electric buses respectively, nearly quadrupling its fleets to 2,000 electric buses as beforementioned.
Moscow sets to go green as climate change fallouts jitter
Nonetheless, citing that the Muscovites could take a while to turn their backs on diesel-powered vehicles in exchange for a greener future, Burlakov said, “Every year the plan will be to replace all wheeled public transport vehicles with electric buses.
” Meanwhile, as climate change activists had widely welcomed the latest move from Mosgortrans, a head of the green economy programme at WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Russia, Mikhail Babenko said following the announcement, “They are also buying new, more power-efficient trams, which is a good thing. ”