Paris and London mayors announce plan to measure car emissions

London and Paris

The mayors of Paris and London revealed a new scheme for tracking emissions from automobiles on Wednesday, targeted at improving air quality in the two capital cities of the countries.

Anne Hidalgo of Paris and London’s Sadiq Khan stated the system would set up a scoring system to determine real-life emissions from cars, with the goal of giving consumers with more accurate information.

“We must be able to establish a reliable scoring system which will be put to all our citizens and enable them to understand what emissions are originating from which vehicles in reality,” Hidalgo stated at an international conference on air pollution.

The plan would depend on road and “real world” testing by emissions analytics and the International Council for Clean Transportation, and designate each model of automobile a score based on all air pollutants discharged.

This would go further than current EU labeling plans which manage only particular pollutants and are based on laboratory tests.

“This new scheme will put an end to the ‘smoke and mirrors’ that has been utilized and offer Londoners and Parisians with a sincere, precise and independent evaluation of the emissions of vehicles on our road,” Khan stated.

“Dealing with vehicle emissions is a concern if you are to tackle air pollution in your city,” stated Wonsoon Park, mayor of Seoul, which also plans to experiment with the plan.

Khan said 9,000 individuals in London died early every year because of air pollution. Hidalgo informed the figure for Paris was 2,500.

French media said tracking devices would be set up on Paris streets and on various makes of automobiles in near future as part of the scheme.

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