NEW guidance has been published aimed at helping Scotland’s transport networks convert to greener alternatives and help meet Scottish Government targets on decarbonisation.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution, SP Energy Networks and electric vehicle and battery storage specialist Zenobē have produced the guidance in collaboration with Scotland’s Bus Decarbonisation Taskforce, and hope to show fleet operators how to switch to electric, as well as the local infrastructure require to support this transition.

The new guidance has been welcomed by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), which aims to ensure the four billion journeys made yearly by bus and coach in the UK at aligned with net zero targets.

Transport minister Jenny Gilruth said: "The Scottish Government's Bus Decarbonisation Taskforce is accelerating the transition to net zero by creating new partnerships.

"I am pleased to see yet another important output from the Taskforce through these new guides for operators wanting to making the switch to electric vehicles.

"Only through collaboration can we effectively decarbonise fleet with the speed that the climate emergency requires. I welcome the effort made by Scotland's distribution network operators and Zenobē who are sharing their experience and expertise on vehicle charging to bus and other fleet operators through these new guides."

SSEN director of connections Andrew Scott also commented: "We are committed to helping power our communities to net zero and are sharing guidance that will help smooth the customer journey. I would encourage all fleet operators to join our webinar and learn how to we can assist in their transition to net zero.

"We have announced that we will invest £4bn in our networks up to 2028 to create the modernised local electricity grids of the future. We are delighted to be working alongside Transport Scotland, SPEN, CPT and Zenobē on this project and hope the guide will be a helpful resource for UK fleet managers across the wider transport sector."

SP Energy Networks director of regulation and planning Scott Mathieson added: "Electrifying all transport in Scotland - domestic, public and commercial - will significantly help Scotland towards its climate change targets. We're about to start work on a multi-billion pound investment in our electricity networks, providing the essential infrastructure needed to enable this change and ensure all communities benefit on the road to Net Zero.

"Working with our partners, this new guide will equip fleet operators with the tools they need to start working towards their own decarbonisation targets. We have already helped a number of companies, including First Bus, Stagecoach and Lothian buses, to decarbonise their fleet and we stand ready to help others on their journey."

According to a Transport Scotland report on decarbonising the Scottish transport sector published in September last year, the main policy outcomes necessary to meet Scotland’s climate targets include ending the sale of fossil fuel powered buses in 2025 and starting a retrofit program for older buses to install zero-emission powertrains.