Green wants to get rid off ICE cars by 2035
By 2030 there should be no more diesel cars in Flanders, from 2035 petrol cars should also be banned. In other words, Flanders should become one large low-emission zone (LEZ). That is what the ecological political party, Groen, proposes.
Tighten the ambitions
In order to tackle global warming, Europa is imposing its member states that by 2050, cars with a classic internal combustion engine (ICE) will no longer be allowed to circulate. The sale of these cars must be completely banned by 2035. Flanders is committed to halve the number of new fossil fuel care by 2030.
This must be more ambitious, Green believes, and hence their new proposal to tighten this ambition and their proposal for a Flemish LEZ.
Clean air in the countryside
“The vague ‘halving by 2030’ causes a lot of concern among people”, says Flemish MP, Elisabeth Meuleman. “We want to give the consumer clarity and enough time to adapt. We therefore propose that this be introduced in stages.”
In addition to the climate, the proposal also serves air quality in Flanders, Meuleman emphasizes. The fact that Antwerp and the Brussels Region have taken steps to ban polluting vehicles with the introduction of LEZs – Ghent and Malines will follow in the coming years – is a positive development. “But not only people in the city are entitled to clean air.”
Blanket of particulates
Environmental epidemiologist, Tim Nawrot (UHasselt), agrees with this statement. “In villages you also see places of air pollution, especially close to roads. Particulate matter really lays a blanket all over Flanders.” Just because of the fragmentation, the effect of the current LEZs is limited, according to him.
Nawrot does point out that an ambitious legislation will encourage the car industry to implement technological innovations more quickly, which can also have a positive impact on the price tag. “But we must not narrow the debate to road traffic alone. Shipping also leads to air pollution, just like ammonia from agriculture. It is an and-and-and-story.”
Accompanying social measures
Because electric cars are not yet affordable for the average Flemish, Groen also wants to provide accompanying social measures. For example, subsidies for electric shared cars and demolition and construction premiums for people who dispose of their polluting car or have it converted.
At the moment, Groen group leader, Björn Rzoska, cannot estimate how much the general LEZ and the accompanying measures will cost. “It is important that we get everyone involved in the transition.”