Edinburgh needs more than a low emission zone, council says

Upgrading all the vehicles on Edinburgh’s roads to the latest emissions standard overnight would not be enough for it to meet air quality limits next year, according to city council

Edinburgh Castle. Photograph: Jan Kranendonk/123RF
Edinburgh will have to set up a low emission zone by 2020

Upgrading all the vehicles on Edinburgh’s roads to the latest emissions standard overnight would not be enough for it to meet air quality limits next year.

This is the conclusion of modelling conducted by SEPA on behalf of the Edinburgh City Council, which is assessing its options for the introduction of a low emission zone (LEZ). Even in this scenario, concentrations would still be up to 20% greater than the statutory 40 micrograms per cubic metre limit on nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

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