Emissions exceeding legal limits
Environmental association Zero has warned that pollution caused by cars on Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon has skyrocketed in recent months, once again exceeding legal limits.
Calling for progress with the Reduced Emissions Zone (ZER) promised by Lisbon, Zero points out in a statement that the city is “on the verge of once again exceeding the limit value for nitrogen dioxide”, which is coming out. cars, on Avenida da Liberdade. , “risking a fine from the European Union”.
“After 2020, and for the first time since the entry into force of the current EU air quality legislation, the Av. Da Liberdade station has managed to meet the annual limit value of 40 ug / m3 with regard to concerns nitrogen carbon dioxide, everything indicates that this will not happen in 2021. For the moment, the annual average is 40.2 ug / m3 and the values since October inclusive “are” at levels equivalent to practically double those recorded between January and September 2021 “, writes the association.
Zero points out that there are a growing number of “reduced emission zones” (ZER, which prevents entry of the most polluting cars) and “zero emission zones” (ZZE, which prevents the entry of any car). , currently standing at 250, in a growing trend that Portugal is not following.
In addition to being viewed by governments and local authorities across Europe as “fundamental instruments to protect clean air in cities and the climate”, these low emission zones are, according to Zero, beneficial for local businesses and, in particular, for Christmas shopping. .
“In the case of Madrid, at Christmas 2018, the average expenditure of local businesses increased by 8.6% in the zone covered by the ZER, against 3.3% in the city in general,” the statement read. from the Association.
“The data also shows that when such policies are combined with strong investments in public transport, the results are even more positive” and that, “contrary to what traders think, customers on foot, by bike or in transport in common tend to spend more money in local commerce than motorists, ”says Zero.