Four cities have announced their intention to ban diesel vehicles from 2025.
Athens, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris say they they will ditch diesel by the middle of the next decade and provide incentives for people to switch to cleaner transport.
Reacting to the announcement, ClientEarth lawyer Alan Andrews said:
“This move shows that political leaders across the world are waking up to the damage diesel is doing to our health. We’re pleased to see these cities committing to action but 2025 is a long time away when you consider the 467,000 premature deaths caused by air pollution in Europe every year and the three million worldwide.”
Diesel causing national problems
Alan added: “In the UK, London’s mayor is considering bolder action than his predecessor, proposing an expansion to the planned Ultra-Low Emission Zone. This is welcome but we want him to go further and faster. And it’s not just London that has this problem, we need a national network of clean air zones so that the problem is not simply pushed elsewhere. The national government needs to commit to bold new measures to tackle this public health crisis.”