Martin Lutz, who spoke at the first Community of Practice event, wishes to share another report "Low Emissions Zones in Mexico: Recommendations for Cuernavaca" with the Breathable Cities community, ahead of the second CoP event. Martin wrote the report in 2016, and will be returning to speak at the CoP event on Thursday. You can access the report via the link above - please take a read and let us know your thoughts!
"Road transport in Mexico contributes considerably to greenhouse gas emissions in the country and to poor air quality in cities, in particular in the Megalopolis. The Governments of the State of Morelos and of the State of Mexico already announced the introduction of a so-called Ecozonas in relatively small downtown areas of their capital cities Cuernavaca and Toluca. As the Ecozona concept is serving multiple policy goals, inter alia traffic calming and sustainable mobility, it is not specifically designed to improve the pollutant emission performance of the (remaining) vehicle fleet cruising around in these urban areas.To achieve this goal Low Emission Zones (LEZ) could be set up with access restrictions for vehicles with high pollutant emissions, supplemented by a stronger promotion of green transport modes. Both results in an accelerated turnover of the vehicle fleet towards cleaner and more fuel efficient vehicles. , Building on the vast experience gained in designing and implementing LEZ schemes in the EU and particularly in Germany, this report sketches a roadmap of recommended features of a LEZ concept and the necessary steps towards its stepwise implementation, specifically for the situation in Cuernavaca."
Martin Lutz, who spoke at the first Community of Practice event, wishes to share the following report "Low Emissions Zones in Mexico: Recommended essentials for LEZ schemes in the Mexican Megalopolis region" with the Breathable Cities community, ahead of the second CoP event. Martin wrote the report in 2016, and will be returning to speak at the CoP event on Thursday. You can access the report via the link above - please take a read and let us know your thoughts!"This report should be seen as guidance for State or City authorities in the Mexican Megalopolis in their efforts to combat air pollution from road traffic by imposing access restrictions in polluted and populated city areas for vehicles not meeting certain emission criteria. Setting up such low emission zones (LEZ) in urban areas is a frequently applied recipe in European cities, where road transport is a major reason for non-compliance with the air quality standards for particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) and nitrogen oxides.In order to help local authorities in Mexico in assessing whether and how LEZ could be a promising measure to curb pollutant emissions from road traffic, the paper here briefly describes the different features of European LEZ schemes, their differences, communalities, their potential and their limitations with regard to reducing air pollutant emissions from road transport."