Zero Emission City
Urban mobility is one of the main sources of pollutant emissions which seriously endanger people’s health, is related to CO2 emissions in the atmosphere and accounts for over 20% of the city’s energy usage. Cities are part of the problem, but also the solution. Therefore, Barcelona is moving towards a mobility that is free of fumes and is promoting a change of paradigm towards safe, sustainable, efficient and fair mobility. Because the way we get around must not affect the future of the planet or of the generations still to come. To mitigate climate change, the city has set the target of reducing its levels of CO2 by 40% in 2030, compared with 2005.
Every day, our lungs need 10 m3 of air.
The air we breathe keeps us alive, but if it contains pollutant elements, it becomes very dangerous to our health. Barcelona protects the air we breathe by limiting the main sources of pollution emission, especially the mobility of fossil fuel vehicles or works that produce dust, and by encouraging the reduction of emissions in industrial and port activities.
You can also choose a mobility free of fumes, and breathe clean air. You have the right.
Low Emissions Zone
Barcelona and its surrounding municipalities are marking out a 95km2 space for the protection of air quality, where the circulation of the most polluting fossil fuel vehicles is restricted: the Barcelona Rondas Low Emissions Zone.
Until 31 December 2019, mobility restrictions within this area will be applied exclusively to the most polluting vehicles on the days of NO2 pollution episodes. From 1 January 2020, it will apply to the most polluting vehicles on all working days, Monday to Friday, between 7 am and 8 pm.
Cities are moving towards a new sustainable mobility paradigm, in which electric mobility has a starring role. Along with the reduction in the number of motor vehicles in circulation, the commitment to electric mobility allows us to reduce emissions and preserve air quality to benefit people’s health. Electric mobility is the preferred form of motorisation to accompany the transition towards a healthy and sustainable model of mobility.
Barcelona has a network of more than 450 charging stations all over the city, is offering bonuses and financial advantages to the drivers of electric vehicles, and is promoting the electric bicycle and the electrification of the municipal vehicle fleet.
What’s more, if you choose to share an electric vehicle, you will free up public space for other citizens to use. And you now have many choices for combining it with public transport and getting around in a more efficient, sustainable way.