Poland set to follow Bradford with low emission zone plans
Consultants behind Bradford’s Clean Air Zone are set to work on a similar air pollution scheme in Poland’s capital.
Ricardo, an environmental and engineering consulting company based across 20 countries, worked with Bradford Council to complete CAZ feasibility studies.
The firm helped secure £43 million of national Government funding to increase uptake of low or zero emission vehicles and tackle dangerous levels of pollution in the district.
Now air quality specialists at Ricardo have won a contract funded by the Clean Air Fund to support Warsaw.
It is hoped the studies will offer clear evidence on the costs, benefits and impact of different Low Emission Zone (LEZ) options.
Polish cities face severe air quality challenges. In 2018, 36 out of 50 most polluted cities in the European Union were in Poland.
Leaders hope to introduce a LEZ in the city by 2024 without disproportionately impacting groups of individuals or businesses.
The Clean Air Fund is supporting the city with these ambitions through its Breathe Warsaw programme.
Michał Olszewski, Warsaw’s deputy mayor, said: “Air quality is a key issue for number of cities all around the world. We decided to cooperate with Clean Air Fund to learn from the experiences of others' actions aiming to curb transport pollution.”