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‘Personal freedom’ vs ‘greater good’: Low emission zones show EU’s impact on our everyday lives

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🗞️ Driving the news: Low emission zones (LEZs) in the EU are increasingly influencing urban life by restricting the most polluting vehicles from city centers
• These zones, often supported by EU legislation and funding, are designed to improve air quality and public health

🔭 The context: LEZs require vehicles to meet certain emissions standards to enter designated areas, typically marked by vignettes on windshields that indicate a vehicle's environmental status
• While EU member states have some flexibility in how they implement these directives, the overarching goal is to reduce urban pollution.

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The establishment of LEZs is a direct response to the alarming levels of air pollution across European cities, which exceed WHO guidelines
• By targeting vehicle emissions, LEZs aim to decrease the prevalence of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases linked to poor air quality

⏭️ What's next: As the EU continues to legislate on air quality, the future will likely see stricter emission standards and more widespread adoption of LEZs
• However, the effectiveness and public acceptance of these zones will depend on political will and societal attitudes towards environmental policies.

💬 One quote: “The narrative has been hijacked,” says Carmen Duce, Spanish coordinator of the Clean Cities Campaign, emphasizing the clear benefits of LEZs despite political controversies

📈 One stat: Over 300,000 premature deaths are caused annually in Europe due to air pollution, highlighting the critical health stakes involved

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