The VCD coordinates the project Clean Air and also contributes two sub-projects. »European Biking Cities« aims to create a network of cities that have a bicycle-friendly policy. Bicycles are a non-polluting form of transportation and thus help to improve air quality in big cities. Another approach is the retrofitting of public buses with new technology that reduces emissions. The main focus is on eastern European cities such as Warsaw and Prague.
- European Biking Cities
European Biking Cities
The objective of this VCD sub-project is to increase the proportion of bicycle traffic in cities by creating a network of European cities with pro-bicycle policies that can then exchange their ideas and experiences. The project also aims at communicating the direct link between bicycle-friendly policy and better air quality. read more
- Clean Buses
Retrofitting buses with diesel particulate filters is an effective means of reducing air pollution. The filter eliminates more than 95% of particulate matters in emissions. The focus of the sub-project is the retrofitting of public buses in cities like Warsaw and Prague. However, there is also further potential for retrofitting buses in Germany. In each country, four round tables will take place where guidelines are set up on how to put the plan into action. Read more
- German Environmental aid e.V. (DUH)
German Environmental aid e.V. (DUH)
The DUH contributes different sub-projects to the Clean Air project. For example, it organises workshops throughout Europe with the purpose of increasing the legal competence of NGOs. The DUH also initiates expert discussions where the diverse means of limiting air pollution are considered. It also regularly conducts a survey into the control mechanisms of environmental zones in Germany.
- Expert Discussions
- Right on Clean Air
Right on Clean Air
In the course of the project, the DUH will organize eleven workshops throughout Europe. These workshops aim at the building the capacity of NGOs and civil organisations. By increasing their legal competence, NGOs are better able to monitor the implementation of the Air Quality Directive. Read more
- Legal Information
- Survey on Low Emission Zones
Survey on Low Emission Zones
The DUH regularly conducts surveys in all the low emission zones in Germany on how effectively authorities monitor violations. The survey's participants are the authorities in the cities and municipalities responsible for the implementation of air control measures. Read more
- EU Air Quality Directive
Cities are hotspots of air pollution. This is why there is a special responsibility of cities to reduce emissions effectively. The BUND wants to create a dialogue between cities and so facilitate the exchange of vital know-how.
- Clean Air for Cities
Clean Air for Cities
The BUND organises a variety of workshops with local governments. Each workshop concentrates on a selection of practical methods and strategies and also analyses positive and negative experiences. For more information on the results and the guidelines, please visit the Sootfreecities website. Read more
- Clean Inland Shipping
The NABU's sub-project concentrates on clean air in ports. Cities with ports regularly violate the pollution limits. This is not only caused by ships whose emissions are a lot dirtier than those of cars. The particularly high numbers of locomotives, cranes and other transportation vehicles also add to the overall pollution.
- Clean Air in Ports
- The Danish Ecocouncil
The Danish Ecocouncil
The sub-project of the Danish Ecocouncil concentrates on three aspects. Copenhagen is taken as a model city for air quality. In this context the second aspect is “air pollution with ultrafine particles”. Also “congestion charging” and “bicycling” as means to improve air quality are looked at in detail.
- Model City Copenhagen
Model City Copenhagen
It is possible for a big European city to have an air quality that corresponds to the guidelines of the ACQ – this is what the project demonstrates. To intensify the discussion, the recent status of air quality is analysed, actions that have been taken are discussed, and further potentials are analysed. Read more
The project of the VCÖ focuses on the air quality problems caused by traffic as well as transport policy measures to solve these, such as congestion charging and low emission zones. Panel discussions with representatives of politics, business, administration, science and NGOs will discuss the problems as well as the measures. The panel discussions will be accompanied by fact sheets with the main facts and figures and recommendatioons for the policy-makers.
- Transport Policy Measures for Clean Air
Transport Policy Measures for Clean Air
The first panel discussion took place in December 2012. Experts in transportation and the environment as well as representatives from politics and administration came together in order to discuss “clean air in cities”. The discussion was focussed on Vienna. The second panel discussion was organised in January 2013. It covered “congestion charges as a means to improve air quality”. Read more
- Factsheet Managing Traffic
Factsheet Managing Traffic
For the panel discussion on congestion charging and low emission zones as air quality measures the VCÖ made a factsheet "Managing Traffic and Transport in Urban Areas" with the main facts and figures, international best practice as well as recommendations for the policy-makers. Read more
- Fine particulate matter
Fine particulate matter
In the run up to and at the panel discussion on air quality problems caused by traffic and measures to deal with them, it became evident that the smallest particles from motorized traffic are a not well-know threat to health. Thus, much awareness-raising to this topic is needed. Therefore, the VCÖ put together facts and figures as well as recommendations for the policy-makers in the factsheet "Health damage caused by fine particulate matter". Read more
The Slovakian civil association CEPTA deals with the topic “eco-driving”. This is also a way of minimising air pollution and thus contributes to the objective of “Clean Air”. Additionally, CEPTA wants to increase awareness of the importance of clean air for health, environment and climate.
CEPTA is developing a methodology of ecological driving as a means to reduce air pollution. For this project, the civil association is working together with driving schools in order to develop a certification scheme. This scheme could serve as an example to other European countries because eco-driving can help to reduce emissions by up to a third without any additional investment. Read more
- Clean Air Action Group
Clean Air Action Group
The Hungarian Clean Air Action Group’s objective is to retrofit at least 50 buses in Budapest. Especially in Budapest the public buses are from 11 to 18 years old - and therefore so is the technology. With the help of diesel particulate filters particulate matters emissions are reduced by at least 95%. This would also add to the attractiveness of buses as an alternative mode of transportation.
Please find more information on the sub-project here:
- Clean Buses in Budapest
Clean Buses in Budapest
The Clean Air Action Group has already seen some success. The CAAG co-organised the “PM10 Meeting” where 16 members of parliament took part and adopted a regulatory programme. In the course of this project the CAAG has organised other actions as well. For example there is a poster exhibition about the consequences of air pollution and a postcard petition has been initiated in order to demand the retrofitting of public buses. Read more
- Transport & Environment
Transport & Environment
T&E promotes technical solutions for the reduction of emissions of mobile sources. Here T&E concentrates on the most relevant policy areas for transport and air pollution.
Please find more information on the sub-project here:
- EU Air Quality Policy
EU Air Quality Policy
T&E promotes technical solutions for the reduction of emissions of mobile sources. Here T&E concentrates on the most relevant policy areas for transport and air pollution. For example the implementation of the euro emission standards for road vehicles. Also the revision of the Non-Road Mobile Machinery Directive and the surrounding discussion on the adoption of a future NRMM Stage V are topics which are covered. Read more