Twynstra supports transition through intensive involvement in sustainable transport

Smart sustainable transport

Building the case for Zero Emission Bus Transport

European Investment Bank (EIB), Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), Climate KIC, Dutch Ministry for Transport and Environment, Foundation for Zero Emission Bus Transport, 6 provinces and 6 local authorities AkzoNobel, CNG-Net, Connexxion, Qbuzz, Van Peeperstraten Group

The transition to sustainable transport combined with renewable energy sources is a worldwide challenge. Twynstra supports this transition through its intensive involvement in sustainable transport programs in the Netherlands. In one of these cases, we support the transition to a complete zero emission bus fleet (5000 in total) in the Netherlands in 2025 through the current level of public funding. We managed the transition process here.


A clear vision

Transition management starts with a clear vision of the future. This vision needs to be the ambition of the multiple parties involved and be achievable. Our vision is to achieve a Dutch climate that copes with change; we also envision better health and an improved economy. We strive to realize collaborating with public and private parties and other consultancy agencies.

The challenge

To achieve this transition to zero emission bus transport, we started with partners by setting up a foundation for zero emission buses. The foundation has an advisory board consisting of all the important players: national and local governments, research institutions, public and private transport operators, bus manufacturing industries and their suppliers, representatives from multiple branch organisations, financing bodies, consumer interest groups, environmental organisations and more. We managed this foundation for a period of at least 2.5 years.

Twynstra also worked with both public and private parties on the development of a Total Cost of Ownership model, including societal effects, for the Foundation for Zero Emission Bus Transport.

Public private partnerships

  • Next to our involvement with the Foundation for Zero Emission Bus Transport, we also work for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to build a supported rollout and finance strategy for the transition.¬†We also set up public private partnerships to run pilots using battery-electric and hydrogen-fueled busses. We arrange the governance structure, connect stakeholders and construct the business cases.
  • We were also hired by a European PPP called Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) to organize a joint procurement between public and private parties for 100 hydrogen-fueled busses in the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg).


We were and still are engaged in making maximum efforts to realize a clear vision for this transition to Zero Emission Bus Transport. We have implemented transition management using a variety of skills:

  • Organisation management: we developed the governance structure for both the foundation and the pilots.
  • Program management: From the initiation of the project, we developed a clear vision and cooperative approach with all public and private parties, which we managed for at least 2.5 years.
  • Stakeholder analysis and management: we implemented several stakeholder management methods to be able to manage such a program cooperating with all the stakeholders.
  • Managing projects and pilots: project management and building business cases.
  • Managing change: realizing a new vision and implementing this change management
  • Developing a TCO model and building business cases.