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Imminent approval of the Low Emissions Zone ordinance in Bilbao

Bilbao moves towards sustainable mobility with new ordinance

Jeickson Sulbaran

December 21, 2023 | 9:00 pm

Bilbao City Council is heading towards a new era of sustainable mobility with the upcoming approval of the Low Emission Zone Regulatory Ordinance (ZBE). This important step, which is expected to take place in the plenary session on December 28, represents a significant effort to improve air quality and reduce pollution in the capital of Biscay. The Councilor for Mobility and Sustainability, Nora Abete, highlighted that of the 28 amendments presented by the opposition parties, 18 have been accepted and will form part of the final text of the ordinance.

The initiative arises in response to a demand from the European Union and seeks to place Bilbao at the forefront of environmental policies. The Low Emissions Zone will delimit an area in the center of Bilbao where restrictions on vehicle access and circulation will be applied based on their polluting potential. This progressive and consensual approach demonstrates the city's commitment to sustainable development and the continuous improvement of the quality of life of its inhabitants.

The participatory and consensus process in the development of the ordinance

The process of drafting this ordinance: Low Emissions Zone in Bilbao has been a clear example of dialogue and participation. Political groups have had the opportunity to present amendments, many of which have been incorporated into the final text. This participatory approach ensures that the ordinance reflects a wide range of interests and perspectives, thereby strengthening its effectiveness and acceptance.

After the initial approval in plenary, a new period of public presentation and allegations will open, allowing citizens to actively participate in the process. Subsequently, the ordinance will return to the plenary session for final approval, scheduled for the first quarter of next year. Councilor Abete has stressed that the implementation of the ZBE will be progressive, reaching its full application in 2029.

Impact and benefits of the Low Emissions Zone for Bilbao

The creation of a Low Emissions Zone in Bilbao is much more than traffic regulation; It is a step forward towards a cleaner city, healthy and habitable. By limiting access to highly polluting vehicles, a significant reduction in air pollution is expected, which will translate into tangible benefits for the health of citizens.

In addition, This ordinance will encourage the use of more sustainable and efficient means of transportation, such as bicycles, public transport and electric vehicles. This transition towards more sustainable mobility not only benefits the environment, but also promotes a better quality of urban life.

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