Green councillors push for greater ambition on City Low Emission Zone

Transport and Environment Committee vote 6-5 in favour of Green amendment

Responding to today’s City of Edinburgh Council vote on a low emission zone for the city, Green councillor Claire Miller said:

“From day one Green councillors have championed the need for a low emission zone for our increasingly congested city. But it needs to be a zone that has the right ambition and the right targets. Sadly, today’s proposal was too small, too modest and failed to grasp the nettle of climate change.

“Given that the majority of members on Committee agreed with me, it now falls on the council to come back with revised and more meaningful proposals as soon as possible to address the problems of air quality with greater ambition and the concerns that campaigners have rightly raised with us.

“I am absolutely committed to rolling my sleeves up and being part of the dialogue to make that happen.”

Today (26 October 2021) the Transport and Environment Committee of City of Edinburgh Council voted 6-5 in favour of a Green amendment which pressed pause on the proposal for a limited City Centre LEZ until concerns around the boundary, “grace period” and coverage of greenhouse gases are dealt with.