In a report published on Wednesday, Airparif makes recommendations to reduce pollution in the region.
It’s still not enough. While Île-de-France is experiencing a new episode of ozone pollution this Wednesday, which should last due to the high temperatures, Airparif, the association for monitoring air quality in the region, recommends to further reduce polluting emissions.
Although they are down overall, this is not enough to meet established European standards. France was also condemned in 2021 by the Council of State to pay the sum of 10 million euros for not having taken “sufficient” measures to improve air quality.
The major highways mainly concerned
“The limit values are still not respected on part of Île-de-France for certain pollutants”, writes Airparif in a report published on Wednesday. In the association’s line of sight, nitrogen dioxide, mainly released by road traffic, as well as PM10 particles, emitted in particular by the residential sector and road transport.
According to Airparif, “the annual average limit values are currently exceeded” for these two pollutants. It is specified that the major roads in the region, the A1 motorway and the ring road are particularly concerned. Furthermore, although they are not subject to binding limit values, the average levels of ozone pollution are increasing and “regularly” show the thresholds of target values set for the protection of health.
To respect the regulatory thresholds for nitrogen dioxide in Paris, Airparif indicates that it would be necessary to refuse activities related to road transport by more than 60% compared to the year 2018.
To do this, it would be necessary to authorize the circulation of private electric vehicles and Crit’Air 1 only, and that of heavy goods vehicles up to Crit’Air 2. In other words, to prohibit all diesel vehicles and a large part of petrol vehicles.
Another scenario proposed by Airparif in Greater Paris: reduce activities related to road transport by 50% and those related to building, namely heating or construction for example, by 30%.
With regard to particles and fine particles, the report recommends a 10% reduction in emissions emitted by buildings, and also a 10% reduction in emissions due to transport activities. In view of the measures already applied, these objectives should normally be achieved by the year 2025.