D ie low-emission zones should therefore also be available nationwide in large areas such as the Ruhr area. All in all, three years after the introduction of the first environmental zones, NABU drew a positive balance.
Berlin and Hanover were the pioneers in Germany at the beginning of 2008, and more than 40 municipalities have now set up an environmental zone. This means that cars that emit a lot of soot are banned from cities. 'Environmental zones have been proven to contribute to air pollution control in cities and thus to the health of their residents,' said NABU federal manager Leif Miller. They are an effective and quick means of reducing the excessively high fine dust and nitrogen oxide concentration.