After announcing a year ago that it would pioneer electric buses‚ now Cape Town wants to run them on gas as well. Speaking on Wednesday at the launch of a R400m waste-to-energy plant‚ mayor Patricia de Lille said the City of Cape Town was working closely with Stockholm‚ the Swedish capital‚ where buses had been running on biogas for years. "[We want] to see if we can replicate the methodology they are using where they are successfully producing biogas fuel from sludge from the wastewater treatment plants for their bus fleet‚" she said. Western Cape premier Helen Zille lauded the public-private partnership behind the New Horizons Energy bio-digester in Athlone‚ saying it was a step towards a waste-free future. "We are envisaging that we won’t have to invest any more in landfill sites. Landfill sites are not clean usually, and they create an environmental challenge and they gobble up very precious land that can be used for other things‚" said Zille. Landfills emitted the greenhouse ga...

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