In line with its climate action and mobility policies, in 2017 the City of Pau decided to invest in a zero-emission fleet composed of eight 18m-long fuel cell-powered buses (a world first) and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
Pau has developed several innovative solutions in the past few years to decarbonise sectors such as mobility and heat production. One of the best examples is the launch of the first hydrogen-powered 18metre bus fleet in France called FÉBUS buses. These 8 vehicles use fuel cells for primary power and lithium batteries for additional power when needed, and the only substances emitted are water and heat.
Pau’s Climate Action Plan.
In 2015, Pau conducted studies on environmental issues in collaboration with public, private and third sector organisations, which led to the development of a Climate Action Plan for the intercommunal area. The studies allowed Pau to create a comprehensive analysis of several key issues such as air quality, energy networks, the potential for carbon sequestration and the vulnerability of the territory due to climate change. The council approved the Climate Action Plan in June 2018 and set out the territory’s objectives for mitigating climate change and adapting the city over the next five years.
Pau committed to developing a low-carbon territory and providing better quality of life for residents. The goals included a 27% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% energy savings, doubling renewables production and a 10% reduction in air pollution by 2030.
- Publication date
- 24 November 2022