Air'volution

March 29, 2017 Salon des Arcades, Paris City Hall

On March 29th, C40 Chair and Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo will be joined by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon to announce bold plans for tackling air pollution in their cities. 

Read the full press release about the announcement here. ​

Air pollution kills more than 3 million people worldwide every year, according to WHO, and the majority of these deaths occur in cities. Which is why, mayors from C40 cities have been providing unique global leadership in tackling air pollution, over recent years.

In March 2016, Anne Hidalgo led an initiative of 20 European mayors calling on the European Union to close loopholes that allowed vehicle manufacturers to continue producing cars that release dangerous levels of Nitrogen Oxide emissions. A petition in support of the measure attracted more than 130,000 signatures of citizens.  

Paris was the first city in France to restrict access for the most polluting motor vehicles, in July 2015. The limits are applied progressively until 2020. Financial aid is offered to inhabitants and businesses to use non-polluting modes of transport.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has proposed introducing the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London in 2019, and then expanding it to inner London for all vehicles, and Londonwide for buses, coaches and lorries. From October 2017, vehicles in central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions Surcharge (also known as the T-Charge).

In Seoul, diesel vehicles weighing more than 2.5 tonnes are subject to fines if they enter a Low Emission Zone in the centre of the city unless they are equipped with an emission-reducing device or a low-pollution engine. The scheme has recently been expanded to include vehicles registered in the entire metropolitan area.

The Air’volution event will include major announcements about how the cities involved will continue to tackle the toxic threat of air pollution and create sustainable, healthy cities for citizens.