Deutsche Umwelthilfe successfully sued for Clean Air in Reutlingen/Germany
The Regional Council Tübingen has to implement more measures to improve the air quality in Reutlingen. This is the consequence of a legal action conducted by the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (German Environmental aid, DUH) before the Administrative Court Sigmaringen.
In January 2012 the environmental and consumer protection association had filed a lawsuit against the state of Baden-Württemberg, because of persistent excess of limit values for NO2 and PM10. The Administrative Court Sigmaringen decided on 24 October 2014, that the air quality plan for the city of Reutlingen has to be updated with measures to meet the limit values as soon as possible. In 2013 the annual mean for NO2 measured at the monitoring station Lederstraße Ost was 72 µg/m3. So the allowed limit value of 40 µg/m3 were exceeded clearly. The daily limit value for PM10 of 50 µg/m3 exceeded at this station on 79 days in the year 2013. That’s more than a double of the allowed number of exceedance days.
The current third update of the air quality plan comprises an expansion of the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) over the whole city including federal roads starting from 1 January 2015. However the prediction of the Regional Council shows, that compliance with limits for NO2 and PM10 will not be achieved, despite the enlarged LEZ.
The implementation of further measures e.g. the retrofitting of buses with NO2-reduction systems and particle filters, the obligatory use of construction machines and equipment with particle filter, the replacement of the taxi fleet with vehicles that correspond with the requirements of the ADAC Eco Label, the promotion of public transport and cycling and an effective transport management are necessary.