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European green zones save lives

Latest findings prove it: The often criticised zones and diesel driving bans help to reduce European deaths caused by environmental factors.

According to a new study by the European Low Emission Zone (EEA), since the introduction of driving bans and low emission zones, significantly fewer EU citizens die from the effects of environmental factors such as air pollution and noise. From 30 years ago, the figure was around one million people, but today it is just under 400,000 deaths per calendar year. This remarkable success, together with its statistics, puts a significant damper on critics of driving bans and green zones. The figures are impressive proof that European transport and health policy is on the right track and that the future course must inevitably be in the same direction. So more low emission zones means fewer deaths - a very simple calculation that every European politician must finally understand. "While we in Europe see environmental improvements and the Green Deal as a clear focus for a sustainable future, the report shows that action is needed to protect the most vulnerable people in our society," says EEA Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx. The EEA's report could continue to lead to metropolitan areas in particular modernising and further optimising their transport policies, especially in times of pandemic.  

It is imperative that Brussels stays on course and pushes ahead with the installation of further low emission zones; anything else would be inconsistent and reckless. 

After all, human lives are at stake.