Poor air quality in almost two-thirds of Belgian schools - GreenpeaceWednesday, 14 March 2018 17:21
“We chose nitrogen oxide because it’s quite easy to measure and it’s a very good general pollution indicator”, Joeri Thijs, head of mobility at Greenpeace, explained. “Diesel vehicles are the biggest culprits in this pollution.”
According to the environmental organization, current measures against diesel, which include readjustment of excise duties and the establishment of low-emission zones in Brussels and Antwerp, are steps in the right direction but do not go far enough. “In Paris, diesel will be banned in 2024 and gasolene-powered cars in 2030; there are much more ambitious ideas abroad”, said Lié vin Chemin, air quality and mobility expert with the Urban Movement for a Sustainable Brussels, BRAL.
The study recommends the establishment of “school streets”, closed to traffic twice per day - at the beginning and end of the school day. Each school has received its results and will be able to draw the attention of local authorities through a petition.
Greenpeace is conducting this campaign, titled “My air, my school” in collaboration with the League of Families, BRAL, the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) school of public health and the Flemish association for respiratory health and the fight against tuberculosis, VRGT.
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