More than 100 municipalities accelerate the introduction of zones for low-emission cars

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From 2023, these areas must be demarcated in cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants, according to the Climate Change and Energy Transition Act

By 2023, cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants and island territories – along with places with high pollution periods of more than 20,000 inhabitants – must have low-emission zones. This means that as of January 1, more than a hundred Spanish municipalities have applied this measure.

To this end, the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda has launched the second call for help to municipalities to decarbonise and digitize mobility with EUR 500 million from European funds, complementing the EUR 1,500 million budget foreseen for this line . Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR).

The deadline is September 29 and the aim is to contribute to improving air quality and reducing noise by promoting Low Emission Zones (ZBE) and the sustainable and digital transformation of urban transport, including by promoting shared mobility. According to the Sustainability Observatory that measures air quality, Leganés, Mollet del Vallès, Coslada, Madrid, Terrassa, Getafe, Granollers, Granada, Alcalá de Henares and Barcelona led the ranking of cities with the highest pollution in 2021.

The delimitation of ZBE is part of the Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition, which aims to ensure the neutrality of greenhouse gas emissions in Spain before the year 2050. However, we are already too late with the climate challenge in terms of mobility and the impacts of climate change.

This is noted by Smart Mobility, the collective of shared and intelligent mobility companies integrated in Adigital, who confirm that city centers abuse the use of private cars, which has a negative impact not only on the environment, but also on health and quality of life. of the people. In 2021, C02 emissions increased by 7.4%.

«In Smart Mobility, we have identified a series of initiatives – in line with the overall objectives and axes of the Recovery Plan – that we believe should be promoted through the deployment of public services and public-private partnerships to move towards a new mobility model that is more sustainable , more efficient and intelligent,” said César Tello, spokesperson for Smart Mobility and CEO of Adigital.

The transformation of the mobility ecosystem in Spain is being stimulated with the European Recovery Fund, which will allocate almost 72,000 million euros over the period 2021-2023. In this context, mobility models as a service, based on platforms, such as shared mobility or sharing, represent a more sustainable transport solution for urban journeys, eliminating the need for citizens to buy their own vehicle.

Source: La Verdad

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