Interbus, Sweden, biofuel, green, bus travel, fleet, rubbish, trash, Roger Mathiasson, environment, road, travel, carbon

Nordic bus firm: “Green fuel creates new business”

Interbus cuts its carbon footprint by 90% by running a 65-strong fleet on green fuel.

One of Sweden’s biggest bus companies says it has reduced its carbon footprint by 90% by running all 65 of its vehicles on green fuel.

Stockholm-based Interbus operates across Sweden with a full coach service and is one of the main customers for the Swedish travel trade when it comes to transfers, sightseeing and corporate events.

Its turnover last year was SEK 130 million (€13 million), about 75% of which came from the Nordic travel industry.

The company’s fleet is based in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, while some of the busses also serve international tours.

“We started with green fuel, hydrogenated vegetable oil, in 2015 and today all 65 coaches run on green fuel delivered by [Sweden’s biggest fuel company] Preem,” says operations manager Roger Mathiasson.

“I am 28 years in the business and am very surprised why airlines don’t follow our concept. Maybe they are a bit too traditional for new thinking when it comes to green fuel, even if it means reducing the CO2 impact by 90%.”

He adds: “Our clients in the travel trade are demanding green solutions in all ways and we are happy to offer them what they demand, no matter if we are operating in big cities or in the countryside.”

Pole position
This gives Interbus the edge over its competitors, according to Mathiasson.

“Cities are especially interested when it comes to green solutions and this give us pole position when it comes to business, because they are setting up new green rules when it comes to transport.”

Mathiasson explains that hydro-treated vegetable oils (HVO) are a synthetic diesel oil made from rubbish, “and we have had no problems since the start in 2015. The price is right and it is better than electric power.”

Related stories

Norway: 30% of fuel sustainable by 2030?

Fast-expanding bus start-up enters Nordics

Sweden’s forests to fuel future flights