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The Low-emission zone as an active exnovation policy

On the way towards the phase-out of the most polluting vehicles in Brussels?

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Exnovation in the field of mobility and transport often seems to take the shape of a low-emission zone. This is at least the case for the Brussels Capital Region, as well as for several other European cities.

To improve air quality, the Low Emission Zone (or LEZ) has been implemented in 2018 by the administration in charge of environmental issues (Bruxelles Environnement): gradually, the oldest vehicles are banned in Brussels. Eventually, combustion engines could be banned completely in Brussels, for the purpose of the fight against climate change.

Those measures are being lively debated. The legitimacy of the LEZ has been questioned on some aspects and the future developments in this policy are still unknown.

In GOSETE, we seek to address the following research questions:

Is the LEZ an ambitious policy measure at the city level in order to address current exnovation challenges? What about other urban mobility measures related to exnovation challenges? What do we precisely want to phase-out and what is the direction that we want to take?

For more information on the origin of this research worksite: please read the complete dedicated article (in French)

If you are involved in this working area and you want to contribute to GOSETE by sharing your view: please contact us!

The first results of the GOSETE project for this working area

On the 2nd of March we hold the workshop "Exploring sustainability impacts of prospective scenarios for low-emission mobility in Brussels". This workshop gathered a serie of Brussels and Belgian actors to explore the range of sustainability impacts of exnovation scenarios. Please find here the report (in French): GOSETE-Workshop_cas1_impacts-scenarios-mobilite-basses-emissions_report

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