In six to seven years, Moscow will become the first major city in the world to switch completely to electric public transport, as stated by the city mayor Sergey Sobyanin.
To date, Moscow has the largest fleet of electric buses in the world, according to the city mayor, and by the end of the year, their number will increase to a thousand, and then, in six to seven years there will be no diesel buses in the city at all. He specified that over the past ten years, Moscow has reduced the energy intensity of the gross regional product by 37 per cent and the indicators will only improve, as “there are almost no analogues of the renovation programme in the world”.
The renovation programme is also associated with an increase in energy efficiency, according to which it is planned to relocate about a million citizens from 220 million square metres of old houses to new ones, as, according to Sobyanin, energy transfer should not occur at the expense of people, business, their income and well-being. For the improvement, over the past decade, 1.7 trillion rubles have been already invested in the Moscow energy sector.
Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta