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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

17 August 2004

First hydrogen fuel cell bus to arrive


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, welcomed the arrival of the first of three hydrogen fuel cell buses in Perth, saying that hydrogen would in the future become a major factor in improving our urban air quality and reducing greenhouse gases.

"The two-year trial, which begins next month, will see three hydrogen fuel cell buses operate on Transperth service routes. As well as looking at the environmental benefits of using hydrogen fuel cell technology, the trial will assess safety issues, hydrogen production, and regulatory requirements," Senator Campbell said.

"This trial will provide critical insight into how innovative technology such as hydrogen fuel cell buses can improve the emissions performance of the Australian bus fleet.

"Emissions from motor vehicles constitute the most significant source of urban air pollution with increasing effects on our health — hydrogen will prove to be the solution to this problem in the longer term as fuel cells have zero tailpipe emissions."

"The Howard Government is proud to be a part of this trial and has contributed $2.5 million through the Department of the Environment and Heritage, and the Australian Greenhouse Office. I congratulate the project's other major sponsors, the WA Government, Daimler-Chrysler and BP," Senator Campbell said.

Diagram of a hydrogen fuel cell

This diagram of a hydrogen fuel cell and other information on the hydrogen fuel cell bus program can be found at www.dpi.wa.gov.au/fuelcells

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