Tootbus announces sustainability strategy

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Tootbus has announced a comprehensive sustainability strategy which involves the re-powering of existing buses and introduction of new electric buses in London and Paris.

The plan encompasses re-powering a total of 16 open-top double-decker buses and acquiring three new ones in both cities. This initiative further strengthens Tootbus’ commitment to sustainable development, enabling them to fulfill their commitments made during the signing of the Glasgow Declaration for Climate Action in Tourism. The company pledges to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030.

In London, the company is repowering a fleet of 15 open top double-decker buses for its sightseeing services, marking a crucial step in its global sustainability initiatives. Three of the buses will be brought into service as early as 2024 and the extra 12 by 2027. This new addition will supplement the current fleet of four electric buses and 38 buses powered by HVO biofuel in London.

In Brussels, the entire fleet (nine buses) is already operating on 100% electric power. Meanwhile in Paris, the company is equipped with a fleet that is entirely low emission, comprising nine electric buses, six natural gas vehicles (NGV), and 11 buses powered by HVO biofuel. The French capital operator plans to further enhance its eco-friendly fleet by adding three brand new electric buses and a retrofitted bus with electric technology, all set to join the fleet by summer 2024.

Tootbus is a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration, committed to building a comprehensive climate plan by 2024 and aims to have a fully electric fleet by 2030 in line with its net zero ambitions. The company has recently been honoured with the 2023 Skal International Sustainable Tourism Award in the Tourist Transportation category supported by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Responsible Tourism Institute.

Arnaud Masson, Senior Vice President, Digital & Sightseeing Business Unit said, “As the leading low-emission sightseeing bus company, we are dedicated to advancing green tourism at an accelerated pace. Tootbus has already taken significant strides in de-carbonising its bus fleet. In an effort to better understand the broader sustainability landscape within the tourism industry, we have published a sustainability barometer. The results emphasise the importance of globally recognised official labels and the pivotal role of tourism operators in promoting sustainable practices along with their responsibility to encourage travelers to adopt eco-friendly behaviours. We take this responsibility very seriously and are already making substantial investments in our sustainable fleet in every city we operate.”

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