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York first in bid for cleaner air
9:43am Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in News
YORK is set to become the first city in the UK to introduce a strategy which seeks to protect residents from pollution.
City of York Council is next week expected to formally adopt a Low Emission Strategy (LES) to show how the authority is tackling and cutting greenhouse gas emissions and outlining plans for dealing with the issue.
It will look at whether a low-emission zone should be created, exclusively for the cleanest buses, lorries and taxis.
It also aims to raise awareness and help bus and taxi firms and companies with transport fleets to try out and buy environmentally-friendly vehicles.
The council has already set itself a target of reducing its own CO2 emissions by a quarter next year.
Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: “York is leading the way nationally by introducing the first LES in the UK.”
He said cutting vehicle emissions, the main cause of pollution, would be a very difficult challenge, but if the LES is adopted it will be put in place across the city and be followed by a more in-depth air quality action plan later this year.