France to pilot low emission zones

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, and the president of ADEME, have announced the names of the six urban areas which have been selected to pilot Air Action Priority Areas (ZAPA): Grand Lyon, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, Clermont Communauté (Clermont-Ferrand), Pays d’Aix (Aix en Provence), Plaine Commune (Saint-Denis) and Paris.
French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, and the president of ADEME, have announced the names of the six urban areas which have been selected to pilot Air Action Priority Areas (ZAPA): Grand Lyon, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, Clermont Communauté (Clermont-Ferrand), Pays d’Aix (Aix en Provence), Plaine Commune (Saint-Denis) and Paris.

In these urban areas, access will be restricted or closed to high polluting vehicles. In France, this pilot is for cities or urban areas with more than 100,000 inhabitants. To support local authorities defining conditions and access to the restricted zones, ADEME launched a feasibility studies on the 1st of July. The conclusions of the feasibility studies will allow test demonstrations at the end of 2011. In 2011, ADEME will steer a national group for exchanges in order to give all local authorities the possibility to learn about relevant actions to improve air quality. The goal is to support exchanges between local authorities and to start a momentum. This should lead to the definition of useful tools.

In parallel, the ministry and ADEME will launch in 2011 a call for research projects on “ZAPA” which will be part of the PRIMERQUAL research programme. This action, targeting the scientific community, will allow the development of methodologies to measure the real impact of ZAPA experimentations on air quality and to identify the best ways to implement ZAPA. The implementation of ZAPAs is one of the flagship measures of the “Grenelle de l’Environnement”, the French framework agreement for advancing environmental policies.

More information: www.ademe.fr.
Country: 
France
Topic: 
Urban freight/city logistics