Cycling Industry News)
June 27, 2016 Mark Sutton
A letter put forward by ECF and signed by cycling cities around Europe has called for ministers around Europe to resist diluting the NEC Directive – a ambitious plan to tackle air quality issues.
Undoubtedly worse than reported in many cities, the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NEC) sets maximum pollution levels for towns and cities in all member states. There is a significant risk that proposals may be diluted, with ministers from a number of countries suggesting standards are being set too high.
Mayors of Cities for Cyclists members – Vienna, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Athens – already publicly expressed their support for air quality by signing this petition on vehicle emissions. Other capital cities like London, Madrid and Paris followed, especially knowing that the main way to tackle air pollution is to set up a global strategy on urban mobility.