Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Geneva - Switzerland
Date of entry into effect of the zone: 13-11-2019
Type of environmental zone: Zone of air protection, depending on weather conditions and activated if the pollutant values exceed, for example, >50 µg/m³ for particulate matter. Monday to Sunday between 6 am and 10 pm.
Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Vehicles without Stick'Air vignette and vehicles with insufficient Stick'Air vignette class, depending on the level and duration of the air pollution.
Vignette classes 3, 4 and 5 could be excluded from traffic.
Not allowed to drive (permanently): Information currently unavailable
Fines: 455 €
Area/extension of the environmental zone: The area of the environmental zone includes the city of Geneva and part of the surrounding municipalities of Carouge, Cologny, Lancy and Vernier.
Special features: The French Crit’Air vignette is recognised in the environmental zone of Geneva.
A transitional period of 2 years applies to vans and trucks (N1-N3).
Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Information currently unavailable
Exemptions: Information currently unavailable
The new year is barely a few days old, but already there are important changes in the environmental zones in many European cities. Often the changes only affect individual cities, but sometimes they affect entire countries. But some tightening has been postponed, on the one hand because pollutants have decreased due to the pandemic-related decrease in traffic, and on the other hand because drivers want to be given enough time to adjust to innovations in difficult times. Green-Zones® lists the new rules for January.
The Berlin Senate has now evaluated a model test in which five busy main roads in Berlin were designated as 30 km/h zones. The results of the test are now available: Speed limit 30 reduces pollutant emissions. The Belgian capital Brussels is also highly satisfied after one year of 30 km/h speed limits.
Due to court rulings on the grounds of excessive nitrogen dioxide content, Stuttgart had to introduce diesel driving bans in January 2019: Vehicles with Euro 4 and below have not been allowed to enter since then. In Stuttgart's city centre and the districts of Bad Cannstatt, Feuerbach and Zuffenhausen, an even stricter regime has been in place since July 2020: on some roads there, only Euro 5 and above are allowed to drive.
From the point of view of the German Environmental Aid (DUH), the nationwide ban on the sale of fireworks and firecrackers on New Year's Eve was a complete success. However, it only refers to the pollution by fine dust, which has dropped by 90 per cent in many places.
At the beginning of the year, the then Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) introduced a scrapping premium for trucks. The aim was to reduce pollutants on Germany's roads. Was the venture crowned with success?
A traffic restriction only really makes sense if it is signposted. But what happens if there are signs but no traffic restrictions? In Berlin, diesel drivers have to deal with exactly this problem.
The trade association en2x Fuels & Energie has calculated that transport in Germany is adhering to the set limits for pollutant emissions. The association calculates consumption based on the sale of fuels from cars, aircraft and ships.
As is well known, the lack of charging infrastructure is the biggest obstacle for many e-car drivers. Of course, this is also related to the crowding around the available charging stations. Tesla has now found a solution.
Around the globe, the demand for electric vehicles is growing. But more and more batteries also mean less and less lithium, which could actually be used up faster than expected. A dilemma that could be solved with hydrogen.
The USA wants to drastically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. One step in this direction is the new regulations on petrol consumption of cars. From 2026 onwards, car manufacturers must set up their vehicle fleets in such a way that the vehicles can cover an average of almost 90 kilometres on just under four litres of petrol. But now this target is on the brink of collapse.