Low-emissions zones are a popular feature in many European cities, with more than 260 schemes in operation across the continent. But with questions over their efficacy, authorities are turning to other approaches to curb emissions from city centres and promote the use of transport that uses clean energy
Congestion charging can cut pollution and vehicle numbers but is much harder to implement
NET-ZERO AMBITION These schemes are effective, but experts say they are just one step along the way to eliminating emissions and pollution altogether
CONGESTION CHARGE Taxing vehicles based on their emissions is a more effective and equitable way of removing harmful gasses from city centres
KEY QUOTE Tolls are effective in the simultaneous mitigation of congestion and pollution ...
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Collecting and mining data lies at the heart of making cities smarter and cleaner places to live. Copenhagen’s Street Lab is a living demonstration of the latest technology at work
The all women Finnish Wind Power Association offers a breath of fresh air in the male-dominated world of the energy industry
Regulators and the wind industry are paying increasing attention to repowering existing wind farms to ensure prime wind sites continue to be exploited and renewable energy targets are met
Energy Cities, a European association of local authorities, estimates a city will need between €1 billion and €3 billion to reach net zero emissions by 2050
Ensuring land use planning and transport policies are on the same page is vital if Auckland, New Zealand is to reduce emissions and meet its low carbon goals
Whether self-driving cars are a help or a hindrance to efforts to reduce transport emissions will depend on the rules, planning and pricing structures that accompany its introduction, argue Sami Angsthelm and Giel Mertens from Bax & Company
Despite an increase in sales in recent years, electric cars remain a novelty in many countries. One street in Norway, however, is miles ahead. Out of the 150 families living on Søndre Vei, a street outside Oslo, nearly 90% of them drive electric cars.
The biggest barrier in the transition to electric vehicles is the lack of charging infrastructure. While large-scale projects will ultimately deliver the most effective results, traction will come from multiple smaller applications and innovations, argues Jean-Christoph Heyne from Siemens’ Future Grids business unit