Mayors of the four global cities are to take drastic measures to address growing air quality issues

The mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City have pledged to ban diesel vehicles from their respective cities by 2025.

Speaking yesterday at the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City, the leaders said they’d also work to further incentivise the uptake of alternatively fuelled vehicles and improve infrastructure for walking and cycling.

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Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris and the new chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, said: “Mayors have already stood up to say that the climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face.

“Today, we also stand up to say we no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes – particularly for our most vulnerable citizens. Big problems like air pollution require bold action, and we call on car and bus manufacturers to join us.”

The four mayors called for more global leaders to recognise the health risks of growing urban populations, citing World Health Organisation research that calculated three million deaths per year can be linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution.

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Manuela Carmena, mayor of Madrid, said: "The quality of the air that we breathe in our cities is directly linked to tackling climate change.

“As we reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated in our cities, our air will become cleaner and our children, our grandparents and our neighbours will be healthier.”

Miguel Ángel Mancera, mayor of Mexico City, said he’d expand alternative transportation methods like his city's Bus Rapid Transport system and the subway, “while also investing in cycling infrastructure” to ease congestion.

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Giorgos Kaminis, mayor of Athens, said: “Our goal is to ultimately remove all cars from the centre of Athens in the years to come. I support the bold ambition of the [Greek] Air Quality Declaration and call on our partners in the national government to implement their commitments based on the international climate action agreements and to join our common effort to clean the air that we breathe."

The leaders’ announcements come two months after all sixteen German states voiced their intention to ban both petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. Germany aims to have 300,000 electric cars on its roads by 2019, and half a million the following year. By 2030, it hopes to have six million electrified vehicles – hybrids and pure EVs – on its roads.

Earlier this year, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) called for London mayor Sadiq Khan to ban diesel vehicles from the UK capital in order to meet his target of a 60% reduction in emissions by 2025. Since then, Khan has announced a new £10 Toxicity Charge for the city, which targets pre-Euro 4 vehicles - mostly cars registered before 2005.

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2 December 2016
So we're told to buy diesels, they get better fuel economy, they attract cheaper VED aka 'road tax'.

Then we're told that diesels will be banned.

Wish they'd make up their mind.

2 December 2016
We were told to use them cos they produce less CO2, this was a good thing, however regulations on their emissions were not as strict as they were for petrols, which was a bad thing, what they should have done is make diesel emissions regs as strict as those for petrol at the same time as encouraging us to use them, idiots. But the solution is NOT to ban them, its to retro fit emissions equipment to clean them up, like theyve done in California, but no, they ban them, madness and a waste of the raw materials that went into making them.

2 December 2016
are renowned for citizens who refuse to toe the line when they don't like the line being peddled and it'll be interesting to see how many of them bother.

2 December 2016
WallMeerkat wrote:

So we're told to buy diesels, they get better fuel economy, they attract cheaper VED aka 'road tax'.

Then we're told that diesels will be banned.

Wish they'd make up their mind.

Do you always do as you're told?

2 December 2016
Oh for sure. I can just see the French where diesel is more popular, stand back and accept that. I hope the French Mayor hasn't forgot that in his country, petrol is around 1.29 Euro and diesel 1.05 Euro - talk about a receipe for riots!

Los Angeles is famous for it's smog and you can could the number of diesel cars on one hand.

What's more poluting - a small modern diesel or an old V6 petrol? That's right, let the V6 in to the city but ban the diesel.

If they were serious about emissions they'd ban all cars.

2 December 2016
...was told to buy diesels, the people who did did it for money reasons. Others more sane people knew about the diesel myth; just look at the diesel sales figures in Asia and America.
It started unravelling with the WHO report on cancers caused by diesel pollution.
If only the manufacturers hadn't been greedy and tried to sell to everyone, I reckon only 15% of car sales have a reason to be diesel but VW and others tried to sell in everything from Polos upwards this was diesel's mistake.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

3 December 2016
Why castigate people who bought cheaper to run diesel as less sane than others ? Why blame manufacturers for being 'greedy' when they are just fulfilling demand created by a sympathetic tax regime? You give the game away at the end when you admit your diatribe is in fact based on what 'you reckon'. Air pollution is estimated at 5% cars (petrol and diesel) and the rest from buses, hgvs, taxis, railway engines, industry including electricity generation, agriculture etc. Yes, I have noticed our cities do not have many fields but the point is politicians are playing to the gallery in banning diesel from city centres rather than dealing with the issue. People like xxxx are happy to bask in a warm glow of self-righteous superiority of their milk float technology but conveniently forget the pollution being caused by manufacture of lithium-ion or nickel-metal hydride batteries, and ultracapacitors - not to mention huge pollution inherent in the recycling processes available today. People spew out the word 'recyclable' as though it is a means of magically transforming used materials into a new state without environmental impact. It's not quite like that chaps.

3 December 2016
You spent a long time on a reply without reading my points correctly, I never castigated anyone for buying diesel I just said why some might have done it and the damage it caused.
I'm not basking in glory like you say I'm just stating my opinion and you being a pro-diesel smoker are angry at losing a battle, despite me saying in some cases it was sensible, in others petrol would make more sense.
Then you start on milk floats, oh dear I think you've been inhaling diesel fumes for to long.
People don't soley base their car buying decision on the environmental impact you find money comes into it, which is why petrol is making a comeback in Europe, the diesel 'for all' myth is over and petrol's making a comeback.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

4 December 2016
xxxx wrote:

You spent a long time on a reply without reading my points correctly, I never castigated anyone for buying diesel I just said why some might have done it and the damage it caused.
I'm not basking in glory like you say I'm just stating my opinion and you being a pro-diesel smoker are angry at losing a battle, despite me saying in some cases it was sensible, in others petrol would make more sense.
Then you start on milk floats, oh dear I think you've been inhaling diesel fumes for to long.
People don't soley base their car buying decision on the environmental impact you find money comes into it, which is why petrol is making a comeback in Europe, the diesel 'for all' myth is over and petrol's making a comeback.

So opinion is okay if it's yours then, is it? A few days ago your reply to somebody's post concerning the new Ford Fiesta was headed "that's just opinion", and a week or two back you replied to me that my post about a Peugeot was "just personal opinion". I had taken from such statements that you deal only in hard, undeniable facts, but clearly not. It is apparent that you are actually an utter hypocrite with a separate set of standards for yourself than you apply to others.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

25 February 2017
Utrecht has a policy against pre 2001 diesels and more big Dutch cities will follow...

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