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Data is part of the first SP Bus Monitor Bulletin, which will be updated bimonthly

Willian Moreira / Estadão ContentsAccording to the laws in force in the city of São Paulo, emissions of carbon dioxide alone should be halved by 2028

The emission of greenhouse gases greenhouse effect and air pollutants from the bus fleet of Sao Paulo City dropped 50% in 5 years. The difference was observed by Institute of Energy and Environment from January 2016 to January 2021. The data is part of the first SP Monitor Bus Bulletin, which will be updated bimonthly. Last month, the city spent most of the time in more restricted quarantine phases, with reduced functioning of commerce and services in general. IEMA researcher Felipe Barcellos admitted that the reduced circulation of people on the streets had an impact, but highlighted other factors that are not related to pandemic.

“The bus fleet has been renewed with less polluting buses than those that made up there in 2016. Fewer people are using cars, so the buses compete for less space in life, with less congestion or stopped. By increasing the average speed of the bus, the engine can work more efficiently. As a result, it emits less greenhouse gas. ” In January 2020, buses in the city of São Paulo traveled at a median speed of 17.3 kilometers per hour. Last month, these vehicles traveled, on average, at 18.6 kilometers per hour – an 8% increase in speed.

The researcher, Felipe Barcellos, reinforces the need to rethink the urban mobility. “Then you can name the corridors and bus lanes. So we were able to not only reduce pollution, but also encourage people to use public transport. ” According to the laws in force in the city of São Paulo, emissions of carbon dioxide alone should be halved by 2028. Until then, other polluting gases, such as nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, emitted during combustion, should also decrease 80 and 90%.

* With information from reporter Nanny Cox

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