Barcelona at the head of Pollution
Barcelona is one of the European cities with the highest pollution levels and according to the latest analysis, it does not comply with the safety limits established by the World Health Organization (OMS) for particles and nitrogen oxides.
In this context, the city has put forward a set of measures aimed at improving air quality, with special emphasis on the circulation of motorized vehicles.
By the end of 2017 the first measures to reduce pollution will be implemented, restricting the circulation of unlabeled DGT passenger cars and vans prior to Euro1 in the Low Emissions area during high pollution episodes. Gradually, the restrictions will increase until the permanent ban on all DGT unlabelled vehicles is reached in 2020.
Almost 20% of the urban displacements come from the circulation of delivery vans in the Metropolitan Area, which also generate 33% of the pollutant emissions. It is for this reason that the LIVE Platform leads the process of progressive transformation of the fleets of vans to electric or gas vehicles. The challenge is to achieve that by 2020 at least 15% of the fleets are electric or gas to comply with the Paris agreements.
And the Car-Rental fleets?
The presentation organized by the LIVE Platform last June in collaboration with Aigües de Barcelona and Gas Natural Fenosa aimed to promote sustainable mobility among professionals and Fleet Managers in Catalonia. The aim of the workshop was to present the latest developments in the sector and promote the use of electric and gas vehicles in commercial fleets and freight transport.
As indicated by Àngel López, Executive Director of the LIVE Platform, it is fundamental to work in professional fleets given the impact they have on the environment.
We miss out on specific actions targeting fleets of Car rental vehicles, which represent a significant percentage of cars and vans in our streets and roads.
Currently, 38 fleets of Catalan companies already have the environmental quality guarantee, representing a total of 6,359 vehicles of different types (cars, vans and trucks)
The LIVE Platform has designed a plan of actions for the period 2017-2018 to increase efficient use and knowledge of mobility. These are 9 urban, social, communicative, educational and infrastructure challenges in which the entity is working to achieve a more sustainable urban context. Each one of theses #ReptesLIVE is led by a Director of the LIVE Platform.
Specifically, Challenge 2, led by Aigües de Barcelona, aims to get 12 new companies to incorporate at least 2 electric vehicles into their fleet.
Challenge 4, led by Gas Natural Fenosa, aims at 4 distribution fleets to test vehicular natural gas, 6 driving schools also test it and acquire at least one gas vehicle.
Currently, with the new Movea Plan of State aid, the PIRVEC Plan, from the Catalan Institute of Energy (ICAEN) and other actions of commitment to sustainability, we wonder if the challenges are perhaps unambitious.
From Wattacars we encourage the Rent-a-Car sector to join the initiative and make an effort on the incorporation of electric vehicles in their fleets.
And we encourage the LIVE Platform to also take into account this sector, which not only represents a significant part of the total vehicles, but also has a demonstrative effect on the population, as well as being key in the registrations of new vehicles.