The mayors of Madrid, Mexico City and Paris have pledged to remove all diesel cars from their cities’ streets by 2025 in a bid to improve air quality. The commitment was made at the C40 Mayors summit, which ends today in Mexico City.
C40 Cities applauded the commitment of the mayors of Madrid, Mexico City and Paris to remove all diesel cars by 2025, calling it an “unprecedented effort” to improve the quality of air for their citizens. The cities will also create incentives to boost the use of alternative vehicles and promote walking and cycling infrastructure.
“Mayors have already stood up to say that the climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face,” said Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, whose city hosted last year’s climate talks that resulted in the historic Paris climate agreement.
“Today, we also stand up to say we no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes – particularly for our most vulnerable citizens. Big problems like air pollution require bold action, and we call on car and bus manufacturers to join us.”
According to the World Health Organization, around 3 million deaths worldwide are linked to outdoor air pollution each year, with the majority of these deaths occurring in cities.
Expanding alternative transport options such as rapid transport and subway systems will help cities tackle the twin problems of air pollution and traffic congestion, leading to improved quality of life.
Such policies will also help cities deliver on the ambition of the Paris climate agreement.
“The quality of the air that we breathe in our cities is directly linked to tackling climate change,” said Madrid’s mayor Manuela Carmena.
“As we reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated in our cities, our air will become cleaner and our children, our grandparents and our neighbours will be healthier.”