The mayors will change the rules of the game in the big cities

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The persecution of the diesel engine is going to be very intense in the big cities of the world in less time than it seems. Not only it is an initiative of Madrid and Barcelona, nor has to do with the so-called “municipalities of the change.” It is a policy of a very global.

back in 2005, he founded the organization C40, in his time, formed by the representatives of 18 large cities. Currently C40 represents 90 cities, including both Madrid and Barcelona. The visible head of the organization is Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris.

These cities account for 25% of the world’s gross domestic product and home to 1 out of every 12 people living in the world. Well, these cities have among their initiatives to clean the air, and for 2050 have the objective of eliminating the fossil energy of its scope. Before you have another goal, eliminate the diesel in 2025.

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These cities claim that the citizens take the plunge to cleaner technologies, such as hybrid, electric and hydrogen fuel cells. Until that time, it was the decision of the consumer, what technology was the majority, although with the influence of different policies on the local, regional or national.

For example, in Tokyo the technology that has made the tax is the gasoline and hybrid gasoline, because diesel suffered great persecution from the 80’s. The changes in the policy made the diesel is no longer attractive, and were on the verge of disappearing from the japanese market. In Paris he spent the contrary, the streets were filled with oil. Now they have realized that they can spare.

pollution in cities kills more people than road casualties. According to the World Health Organization, about 3 million people perish each year in urban areas by pollution. The diesel are some of the main emitters of particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen and, in consequence, ozone at low altitude (tropospheric). Eye, that the gasoline more modern are not exactly saints.

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If these cities are encouraging greater or smaller, so that the diesel gradually disappear is a simple matter of public health. manufacturers prefer not to have that type of interference, that is to say, that the consumer decide, policies that are neutral with each technology. That model does not seem to work.

In other words, the ordinary citizen is not going to choose the technology more friendly with the environment if you don’t have other benefits more tangible, like economy, ease of use, affordable price, etc, can Not let a decision so important to a society so little aware of this topic. it Is necessary that the municipalities will stimulate that change.

why is giving so many facilities to electric cars? Because it does not pollute in the cities, move the pollution to the place of generation, although to a lesser extent, because they are more efficient. Also they are giving a significant progress for the population to use public transport more, the bike or find that 1-2 kilometres on foot are not distances insurmountable.

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The labelling for levels of pollution is one of the first steps that are being taken in Spain

There is no sense in a modern city form jams formed by vehicles with an average occupancy of 1.2 people. Yes it makes more sense to the use of fleets of shared cars, public transport networks more efficient, or paths easier to walk or bike. In the immediate future we will see more of the means of transport unipersonal, such as scooters that are balanced alone, or shopping carts, self-employed, driven by electric motors.

You like or not like the manufacturers, the mayors of the organization COP40 are going to force big changes in the mentality of the consumer, and that he will be moving to their buying habits. It is not that all have to go on foot or by bicycle one day of bad weather, or loaded with bags, but it’s not about maintaining the current system, which is completely outdated and expired by inefficient, polluting and dangerous to health.

In different phases are going to be removing the vehicles more polluting and is going to win more space for people. Later it will be closing the historic, and will be moving the pollution and the movement to the suburbs. The manufacturers have to prepare for that, because it is not so long. 2025 is just around the corner. The transition will be uncomfortable, but long-term it will be beneficial for all.

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The vast majority of the population already do not remember what was to have cities filled with horses, with all that that entailed. The car, like the horse, are part of an era that is not going to be eternal. The medium and smaller cities will end up copying the example of the great, although not something as urgent by a difference of dimension. If the majority of the people are crowded in cities, these will have to be modernized quite a bit. Welcome to the XXI Century.