Spain is planning low emission zones for all towns of over 50,000

All towns in Spain with more than 50,000 inhabitants would have to set up low emission zones, if the plans of the largest party in Spain are put in place. While negotiations about a possible coalition are ongoing, the plans are timed to come into effect with the formal installation in power of the new government.

Spain’s acting Minister for Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, announced the news during December’s climate conference, known as ‘COP25’, which was held in Madrid. In making the announcement, she directly responded to appeals from environmental groups, such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and Ecologists in Action.

The Minister stated that, by implementing more low emission zones Spain, would recognise its ambition of going further than simply reducing air pollution in Spanish cities to levels that were better than in the most polluted cities in the world. For the plans to become law, it will be necessary to build sufficient support in the Spanish Congress of Deputies.