Paris considers free public transport to curb air pollution
Paris may provide free public transport if a motion by Mayor Anne Hildago overcomes the opposition. A feasibility study is to see whether such a measure would motivate more people to take the Métro. Paris transport authority IDFM, rejected the proposal despite other examples from Europe.Weiterlesen
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Anne Hidalgo, Matt Petersen.
“The short answer is that action needs to begin now, at full speed and scale to tackle climate change.”
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to see decisive action and to make sure her fellow C40 city leaders will have their action plans in place by 2020 to soften climate change “concretely and collectively.”
“In Los Angeles, we want to make electric cars as common as movie stars.”
Says Matt Petersen, chief sustainability officer for the city of Los Angeles. He made this remark at a meeting for greater ZEV cooperation between China and California. Let’s hope his vision includes all those dreaming Hollywood dish washers too.
Anne Hidalgo, Mary Nichols, Matthias Müller.
“We might envisage days without cars more often … perhaps even once a month.”
Following a car-free day in Paris that resulted in a dramatic drop in both air and noise pollution, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is more than willing to repeat the experience on a regular basis. Paris will host the COP21 at the end of November.
“The Phase 2 proposal lacks sufficient stringency to drive market development of battery electric or fuel cell electric technologies. The proposal assumes only a modest level of hybrid technology and no use of battery electric and fuel cell electric technology.”
Hidalgo is joined in the fight against toxins by Mary Nichols. As Chair of the California Air Resources Board, she is urging EPA to introduce lower NOx standards than suggested to further foster electrification.
“All planned investments are currently under scrutiny. Everything that is not absolutely necessary will be scrapped or delayed.”
This is what Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller told 20,000 employees as the company is faced with uncertainty regarding the consequences of “dieselgate”. One can only hope that his austerity measure will not include investments in electric car innovations.
spiegel.de (in German)