Oxford to introduce world’s first Zero Emission Zone

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

How will Oxford implement a Zero Emission Zone? Image source: Shutterstock (#137851691).

The City of Oxford in England is not only following suit after London’s plans to introduce an Ultra-Low Emission Zone in September 2020, the city is going the extra mile, and revealed plans to create the world’s first Zero Emission Zone. The Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council proposed the restrictions that would come into effect early in 2020 on Wednesday.

Estimations for Oxford City’s most polluted street, for example, show that the move would result in a 74% reduction in nitrogen dioxide levels by 2035.

“Toxic and illegal air pollution in the city centre is damaging the health of Oxford’s residents,” said Councillor John Tanner, Oxford City Council Executive Board Member for A Clean and Green Oxford. “A step change is urgently needed; the Zero Emission Zone is that step change.


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