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Global Environment Facility Program - Fuel Cell Buses Worldwide
Between 2002 and 2003, GEF plans to pay the incremental costs for the operation of 40-50 fuel cell buses in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico; New Delhi, India; Cairo, Egypt; and Beijing and Shanghai, China, pending approval for the project from each country.

As part of its ongoing strategy to introduce clean technologies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) aims to facilitate the use of fuel cell buses in a demonstration project in five countries.

Between 2002 and 2003, GEF plans to pay the incremental costs for the operation of 40-50 fuel cell buses in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico; New Delhi, India; Cairo, Egypt; and Beijing and Shanghai, China, pending approval for the project from each country. Brazil is slated to be the first to use the fuel cell buses. The GEF, a multilateral trust fund, which works through the United Nation's Development Program (UNDP), the U.N.'s Environment Program, and the World Bank, will contribute $60 million of the $130 million projected cost. (It is worth noting that more recently the GEF policy framework has changed and it is no longer promoting state of the art pre commercial technologies but rather is promoting modal shift policies for mass transit.)

The remaining costs will be taken care of by the five countries, with a small amount contributed by private industry.

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Alternative fuels and energy sources - Hydrogen and fuel cells

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