THE introduction of 58 natural gas-powered public buses in Palma will save the EMT municipal bus company an estimated 1.9 million euros a year in fuel and maintenance which, over the next decade, will translate into a saving of 19 million euros.

The figures come as a result of a study which has been carried out on existing 12 natural gas powered buses already operating on the streets of Palma.
The director of the EMT municipal bus company, Fuensanta Paris, said yesterday that not only will the natural gas fleet save the council money it will also significantly reduce the city's carbon footprint.

For example, Paris explained that during the summer, diesel consumption increases by between seven and nine percent to power the air conditioning units, with the gas fleet, the increase is only three percent.


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