The city of Ámsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has structured the Clean Air Action Plan through which it integrates residents and public transport companies in conversations groups for the defense of the environment to launch their proposals on a digital platform.
The objective is to eliminate diesel and gasoline vehicles by the year 2030, the replacement of these cars by electric cars, the expansion of “environmental zones and the introduction of emission-free areas.“
Like most large cities, Amsterdam faces a high rate of environmental pollution that affects the quality of life and health of both residents and visitors. The Clean Air plan is led by Mayor Femke Halsema, from the Green Left, Groenlinks.
However, the plan has detractors. An estimated group of 700 manufacturers in the mobility sector, grouped in the RAI Association, estimate that this is “a plan that is beyond all reality and non-viability”.
For its part, the Dutch environmental organization Milieudefensie has given its support to the mayor’s project. “A very good plan that will benefit the lungs of all the residents of Amsterdam,” they said.
About the plan, it was known that the owners of the vehicles that will be banned will have municipal support in the transition to electric cars through subsidies and exemptions to those who make the change quickly in the next decade.
In 2022 public transport buses will be included and in 2025 the ban will be extended to motorcycles and delivery trucks, taxis and other means of transport, boats and tourist ferries. With the plan, with a deadline of 2030, a completely emission-free area is sought.
Source: El Mundo