September 1, 2023

Vilnius to introduce hydrogen-powered buses

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, has approved an initiative to develop green hydrogen production and integrate it into the city's transport system by 2026. A key part of this initiative is purchasing 16 hydrogen-powered buses to replace diesel ones, transforming the urban transportation landscape.

Vilnius’ ambitious plan is to produce an impressive 1,140,000 m³ of green hydrogen annually to fuel these buses, saving about 1,414 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, or 1.7 million kilometres of emission-free bus travel. 

The waste heat generated during hydrogen production will be utilized to strengthen Vilnius's central heating system, ensuring a sustainable and energy-efficient solution for the city.

At the heart of this endeavour is Vilnius’ determination to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. Mayor Valdas Benkunskas highlights the importance of green hydrogen, produced via electrolysis using renewable energy, as the fuel of the future.

The city sources electricity for this process from a biofuel cogeneration plant operated by AB Vilniaus šilumos tinklai, ensuring a sustainable energy cycle.