Paris, Mexico City, Madrid, and Athens will remove diesels by 2025.

Many countries and their big cities are already discussing ways to improve the quality of the air for their citizens, and four capitals will lead the way banning diesel cars from 2025, just like the Netherlands plans to do. Paris, Mexico City, Madrid, and Athens all have agreed to remove diesel vehicles, and the agreement was announced at the biennial C40 meeting of city leaders in Mexico City.

The move is supported by a global petition demanding that automakers should stop producing diesel cars by the middle of the next decade, and support a rapid transition to electric, hydrogen, and hybrid vehicles.

“Mayors have already stood up to say that the climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face,” Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and new Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, commented. “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.”

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“It is no secret that in Mexico City, we grapple with the twin problems of air pollution and traffic,” Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, added. “By expanding alternative transportation options like our Bus Rapid Transport and subway systems, while also investing in cycling infrastructure, we are working to ease congestion in our roadways and our lungs.”

Paris is already a pioneering city in terms of banning high-polluting vehicles, as it has restricted cars produced before 1997 to enter the French capital. By the end of the decade, the ban will get even stricter and will not allow vehicles manufactured before 2011 to enter the city on workdays.

Germany is also working on legal measures to instate a ban for older diesels in some cities. The move will give the towns the legal tools to implement bans on diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6 regulations.

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Source: C40 via GreenCarReports

 

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