Copenhagen mayor wants to phase out diesel cars: ‘it’s not a human right to pollute the air for others’

Copenhagen mayor wants to phase out diesel cars: ‘it’s not a human right to pollute the air for others’

Copenhagen’s mayor proposed a ban on new diesel cars entering the city’s environmental zone, a low-emission area that basically covers the whole of the capital, as early as 2019.

It’s not a human right to pollute the air for others,” Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen told Danish newspaper Politiken. “That’s why diesel cars must be phased out.”

The mayor noted that the potential ban is “controversial” but felt it was necessary to improve the city’s air quality.

About 80 people, primarily older or frail, die prematurely in the Danish capital each year due to local air pollution, including nitrous oxides from traffic, according to the newspaper.

“I know it will mean something for the many, many Copenhageners that are affected by respiratory illnesses,” Jensen explained.

Source: Ecowatch

Date: October 2017

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