Greenpeace asks next regional government in Brussels to ban diesel vehicles
Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Greenpeace wants the next Brussels regional government to adopt an ambitious plan to get rid of cars running on fossil fuels, the NGO stated on Tuesday. During a conference in Brussels on Tuesday, Bruxelles Environnement presented the results of an extensive consultation between the parties interested in forbidding the entry of vehicles with combustion engines to the Bruxelles-Capitale region. Greenpeace was one of the organisations involved and it expects the regional Brussels government to come up with an ambitious plan to get rid of fossil-fuel powered vehicles.
“The climate and our health demand an ambitious handling in the coming term,” Joeri Thijs for Greenpeace commented. “The present Brussels government made a policy commitment not to authorise any more diesel cars from now until 2030. However, this process must be speeded up. Diesel vehicles must be banned at the latest in 2025 and cars running on petrol or natural gas in 2030.”
According to Greenpeace, popular support is undeniable. “Parents, pupils and teachers have been protesting for months for healthier air and more vision with regard to the climate. Brussels must establish itself as a pioneering city and draw inspiration from what was decided in Paris, for example. In the French capital, diesel vehicles will no longer be welcome in 2024, and petrol vehicles from 2030.”