Wrightbus receives £12m to produce green buses

Bus maker Wrightbus has received a £12m cash boost to produce green buses at its County Antrim factory.

The NextGenZEBs project will develop battery-electric and fuel-cell-powered buses to replace diesel engines.

It is part of a £77m joint government and industry-backed funding to develop zero-emission vehicles.

Meanwhile, it’s been annouced two NI firms will split £3.6m in government funding to cut down on their use of fossil fuels.

FP McCann Ltd is getting £3.39m to improve the energy efficiency of crushing and concrete manufacturing at its Craigall Quarry in Kilrea.

Natural World Products in Dunmurry produces peat-free composts and soil conditioners.

It will put almost £300,000 towards replacing diesel-powered equipment with electric-powered equivalents.

The funding supports businesses which use high amounts of energy to clean up their manufacturing processes using low-carbon technologies.

It’s a portion of a wider pot of £24.3m funding awarded through the UK government’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund.

A Natural World Products spokesperson said the funding had “allowed the company to make significant further greenhouse gas emissions savings at one of its key processing facilities”.

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