Waste from airport food will start the engines of Bologna buses

BOLOGNA – From food waste from Bologna airport to supply fuel for city buses. It is with this objective that the two main transport companies, Aeroporto and Tper, as well as the multi-utility Hera, aim to make Bologna an increasingly green city and less and less dependent on fossil fuels.

“Together for a circular city”, is the slogan of the project presented this morning in Piazza Maggiore. A circular economy project to ensure urban mobility 450,000 cubic meters of biomethane in addition to those already present, to focus again on the “decarbonization” of the city and reduce CO2 emissions as part of the fight against climate change. In essence, the three companies have developed, through a series of agreements, an entirely local supply chain that also makes it possible to recover food waste produced at the airport to transform it into biomethaneintended for urban mobility on buses in the Tper methane fleet, one of the largest in Europe.

Symbol of this project the new green livery of 11 Tper urban vehicles used for the 944 Hospital-Airport link and on other urban lines, as well as on a hundred bus shelters in the city.

Thus, the companies explain, each of them conducts its own emission reduction policy. Indeed, a biomethane vehicle has emissions equivalent to an electric vehicle powered entirely by wind energy, if we take into account the impacts of all the phases from the extraction-production of the fuel to its use in propulsion. , according to an analysis of data from Dena (Deutsche Energie-Agentur) and the Jrc (Joint Research Center of the European Commission).

For the Airport, the project that will lead to moving buses to biomethane from its food waste is part of the agreement signed in 2019, with 200 other European airports, to achieve zero net CO2 emissions by 2050. On the other hand, Tper calculates that with its 450 methane vehicles, 450 tons of Co2 are saved per year released into the atmosphere. And finally Hera, which handles processing at its plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese where around eight million cubic meters of biomethane are produced and more than 20,000 tons of quality compost intended mainly for agriculture per year.

But the joint project between the Airport, Hera and Tper represents an important step also towards the global decarbonization of the city of Bologna, given the candidacy that the municipal administration has presented to include the Emilian capital among the 100 European cities with zero climate impact by 2030 within the framework of the Horizon Europe Mission. It is no coincidence that he was also present at the event this morning Anna Lisa Boni, city councilor with delegation on the candidacy “Carbon neutral city”. There was to illustrate the initiative to the press Paolo PaolilloGeneral Manager of Tper, Enrico Postacchini president of Bologna airport, Stefano Venier Hera Group CEO Andrea Corsiniregional adviser for mobility.

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