Motorised traffic is responsible for up to 80% of the air pollution caused in cities and urban zones where the traffic flow of diesel and petrol vehicles is intensive and continuous. In addition to the serious environmental impact and its contribution to climate change, as recognised at the Paris Summit, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) this phenomenon causes severe health problems for its residents. In the metropolitan area of Barcelona it results in over 3,500 premature deaths every year and a high number of lung diseases and allergies.
The Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB), as the administrative body responsible for the design and management of mobility in this densely populated territory, in which over 3.2 million inhabitants live, is working hard to adopt structural measures and far reaching actions to fight against this phenomenon and its toxic consequences. An impact that can only be mitigated by drastically reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and ultra fine particles (PM10) that are at the root of the air pollution problem. The aim is to achieve green and sustainable mobility that helps create a metropolis with clean air and, consequently, a better quality of life for all its residents.
Achieving this target necessarily requires the firm undertaking of the public administrations, as is the case of the AMB, to make progress towards establishing low emission zones, to promote the use of vehicles powered by alternative energy sources and to give priority to the pedestrian and to the use of the bicycle in public areas. All this has been recently contained in Barcelona’s Metropolitan Commitment to Clean Mobility. Its proposals include a 50% reduction in the level of air pollution caused by traffic and a substantial improvement to air quality by 2020. Read more…
Vice-president for Mobility and Transport at AMB.
Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2016