Why a low-emission zone?

A low-emission zone guarantees a better air quality.

Better air quality means better health

Air pollution is created when harmful substances such as particulate matter, soot and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) end up in the air. This is detrimental to our health. It results in breathing problems and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Children as well as elderly and ill people are particularly vulnerable.

To improve the health of all residents and visitors, the City of Ghent paves the way for clean air. The 2016-2020 Air Action Plan was launched with the aim of decreasing emissions from traffic, industry and buidling heating in the city centre as well as in the suburbs and the canal area. It includes the introduction of a low-emission zone (LEZ) on 1 January 2020.

Why a low-emission zone?

A low-emission zone is one of the most effective measures to reduce soot concentrations in the air. This is important as soot is a major pollutant known to have significant negative effects on health.

A study by the Environment and Climate Department has indicated that the introduction of a low-emission zone can reduce soot concentrations in the air by an average of 10 to 24%. This would greatly benefit the health of the people living in Ghent.