Bio-Bus: An innovative initiative.

Image by Scott Beale |

Image by Scott Beale |

In the United Kingdom there is a British eco-friendly bus which runs on human and food wastes. This unique bus seats up to 40 passengers, and it runs 186 mile using one full tank. A full tank is equivalent to the waste of five people for one year. The bus serves one route and there is a plan to increase the number ofroutes in the near future to serve 10,000 passengers a month.

The idea is simple, but it has very big potential. All that is necessary to produce the environmentally-friendly energy to run the bus is the simple step of processing sewage and food waste. The gas is stored in a tank on the top of the bus, and pressured into bars to run the engine.

A quick review of the world’s greenhouse gas emission reveals that the transportation sector accounts for about 13 per cent of the total greenhouse gas emission, which primarily comes from burning fossil fuels. This pioneer project is an innovative project of wastes management which can be applied on a bigger scale.

Canada contributes about 2 per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emission. According to Environment Canada the total greenhouse gas emission in 2013 was 726 megatons, with the transportation sector accounting for 23 per cent of that.  The combination of a low population density and the huge greenhouse gas emissions gave Canada a very high greenhouse gas emission per capita.

The whole world faces the risks of the dramatic climate changes. Canada is signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate changes, and it signed the Copenhagen Accord in 2009. Canada should try to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 17 per cent below the 2005 level by 2020. This would not be an easy mission, taking into account that without innovative solutions, any policy restricting gas emissions will hinder the economic growth, and consequently negatively influence the Canadian economy.

Economic growth is important and it is a necessity for any development. Saving the environment is a must and it is a mutual responsibility of all of us. Thus, an innovative idea such as the British Bio-Bus project is an example of moving towards the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions if we put it within a comprehensive context. Innovation has no limits; ideas such as this could easily end up having significant influence on our planet.

This article was originally posted by Sustainable Collective, which has since joined forces with The Starfish Canada.