Initiative description: Deploying low-emission vehicles and buses during the tournament, including the tournament operations fleet and host country buses, leaving a legacy of a low-emission modern fleet with long-term uses and adequate servicing infrastructure in Qatar.
To reduce vehicle emissions and provide an integrated, multimodal eco-friendly transportation system, steps have been taken to introduce an electric bus system which will serve attendees at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. This shift in technology will also deliver long-lasting clean transport for the country, reducing greenhouse gases and local air pollution.
As part of the plan, public, government school, and Doha metro feeder buses will gradually shift to electric buses. Approximately 20% of these buses are electric, with the remainder diesel fuelled with a Euro 5 emissions standard, which emit much less pollution than non-Euro certified vehicles. Qatar is also planning to introduce an innovative, modern and environmentally-friendly electric bus rapid transit (BRT) system. Designed to provide increased passenger capacity compared to traditional transit style buses, BRT is a rail-less system that is essentially a crossover between buses and trams.
The first consignment of more than 1,100 electric buses has been procured and will be manufactured in Qatar, in the Umm AlHoul Free Zone. This forms part of the government’s drive to secure benefits for local suppliers. Some 500 electric charging stations will also be built to support the provision of eco-friendly transportation for spectators. In addition, the Lusail Bus Depot will become one of the biggest in the world, where electricity for bus charging will be generated by solar panels. The electric buses charged by solar energy will be emission-free. After the tournament, this fleet will replace the old buses, ensuring a legacy of eco-friendly transportation.