Committee of experts to evaluate the health impact of the low emission zone

The group of scientists who will be evaluating the efficiency of the LEZ, which came into force on 2 January, includes experts from the fields of health, environmental quality and mobility, and will be coordinated by the Barcelona Public Health Agency. Today, the first working day and school day since the measure came into force, traffic in the city was 2.4% lower.

08/01/2020 18:33 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Every six months the committee will provide reports on the levels and types of pollutants in the air above the city, with more in-depth reports on the health impacts of the measure to be presented annually.

At present, 48% of the population are exposed to NO2 levels in excess of WHO recommendations, compared to up to 95% in the case of PM10 levels. Pollution caused the deaths of 351 people in the city in 2018.

No incidents

Today was the first working day and school day since the LEZ came into force, with no incidents reported.

Traffic volumes are calculated as having dropped by 2.4% inside the city, 0.8% at access points to the city and 1.8% on the ring roads. The volume was measured from 7 to 10 am and compared to volumes of traffic on working days in November.

Restrictions have limited the circulation of some 50,000 vehicles since 2 January and the calculations are that NO2 emissions should drop by 15% in a year.

Extra information

As from 9 January, a public support service for the LEZ will also be in operation at the Citizen Help and Information Office in Plaça de Sant Miquel, from 4 pm to 8 pm on working days and from 9 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm on Saturdays.

This information point complements the one operated by the AMB in the Zona Franca.

Find out everything you need to know about the low emission zone here.

 

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