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UITP launches a new survey for data collection on energy transition

In spring 2023

In Europe, the transition towards clean and zero-emission technologies is now a reality for cities and bus operators, especially after the EC Clean Vehicles Directive entered into force in August 2021, setting mandatory targets for the procurement of new buses. Up to the challenge, the bus sector is demonstrating strong commitment to the decarbonisation goals and is embracing clean technologies and innovation whilst investing in substantial fleet renewal in many of our cities.

In this light, UITP is launching a new survey to collect data on energy transition plans and adoption of clean buses in Europe. The survey will be the basis for a new UITP report, aligned with the previous ASSURED Clean Bus Report released in March 2022, and its predecessor ZeEUS e-Bus Report#2 in October 2017.

In the upcoming publication, we will be featuring the vision, deployment plans and concrete actions of European Bus Operators and Transport Authorities, with the aim to understand the contribution of the bus sector in the face of energy transition and climate change.

If you would like to know more about the survey, please contact

Understanding how the bus sector is progressing in the transition towards cleaner and zero-emission fleets is fundamental to identify best practices, but also gaps and needs. This survey will provide a clear picture of the plans and strategies of transport authorities and operators involved in this titanic effort to make our cities healthier and more sustainable.
Arno Kerkhof
Head of Bus Transport Unit, UITP
Bus: the most used mode of public transport around the world

According to UITP’s knowledge base, the bus is the most used mode of public transport around the world. With millions of journeys being taken daily, we know there really is no sustainable mobility within our cities without boarding the bus. The bus has a long and rich history within the sector, and UITP.

The image of the bus has been resurrected in recent years, with the creation of new services, innovative operations and the promotion of original policies bolstering the sector. New innovative policy and strong political drive has helped advance the bus to new heights, as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the electric bus have found great international success. The bus also plays a vital role in the discussion on climate change and automation as reducing emissions and road fatalities as well as curbing congestion in our cities. The innovative bus systems immensely contribute to achieve cleaner and cooperative, connected and automated urban mobility.

What do we do?

At UITP, bus operators work within the relevant Committee on important issues such as maintenance, operation and development. Knowledge exchange and knowledge generation for the entire sector is the main goal.

“If you want to have good public transport then you need to battle politically. The authorities and the city help improve the image of the bus by giving road space to buses, which in turn improves services. It is this kind of system approach that UITP advocates. Of course, once it is realised and it is running, you tend to only get positive feedback”
Arno Kerkhof
Head of Bus Transport Unit, UITP


  • UITP

    Arno KERKHOF

    Head of Bus Transport Unit
    [email protected]
  • UITP


    Officer - Knowledge & Innovation
    [email protected]
  • Division Chair


    Vice President - CARRIS
  • Committee Chair


    Corporate Operations Director - Avanza by Mobility ADO
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