Greens back low emission zones to tackle pollution

Green councillors have backed the possible introduction of “low emission zones” as Edinburgh continues to struggle to tackle pollution hotspots.

Green councillor Steve Burgress said: “I’d welcome the discussions about emissions because certain areas of the city have been breaking safety standards for up to ten years in the case of the city centre.

“Up until now the council had been talking about voluntary measures, which clearly haven’t got anywhere, and we’ve three years to bring emissions down to 20mcg/m3 – but if the Scottish Government guidance comes out late next year and then there is three months for consultation, we’re then in 2013 and going towards failing on those targets.”

Read the full story in the Edinburgh Evening News.