Transport Scotland’s Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit (BEAR) programme - Phase 1 has now closed for applications. Energy Saving Trust (EST) administers the fund on behalf of Transport Scotland.
£1.6 million of funding has been allocated to the delivery of BEAR Phase 1. The programme aims to fit at least 55 buses/coaches with Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) accredited retrofit technology measures to support the delivery of Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs) by reducing nitrogen dioxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.
BEAR Phase 1 will only fund retrofit technology measures accredited by CVRAS. The eligible technologies are:
Funding will provide successful applicants with grant or grant and loan funding for both primary and ancillary costs of up to a maximum of £25,000 per vehicle, and no more than £350,000 per applicant.
The funding is available to licensed bus operators (including community transport operators) located in or operating eligible vehicles based on routes within one of Scotland’s cities identified in the Programme for Government 2017 LEZ commitment (i.e. Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow) and/or one of Scotland’s Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). EST will administer BEAR Phase 1 based on set eligibility criteria for grant funding agreed with Transport Scotland.
Eligible vehicles must meet the following criteria:
Please note applications are now closed for Phase 1.
Please refer to the following documents:
|1. BEAR Phase 1 Application Form|
|2. BEAR Phase 1 Notes for Applicants|
|3. BEAR Phase 1 FAQs|
|4. BEAR Phase 1 Stakeholder Engagement Workshop Report|
The BEAR Phase 1 assessment process is open, transparent and fair for all applicants. There are three key stages to the assessment of applications – application screening, application scoring and the Assessment Panel. For more information, please refer to the Assessment Process Guidance: