Air pollution

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Delivery vans used by Amazon, Royal Mail, supermarket chains and others have been revealed to be one of the biggest sources of air pollutants.


Their engines emit up to 23 times the level of toxins permitted under UK law, according to tests published by the Sunday Times.

On-road emissions tests carried out on 26 vans found that the Mercedes-Benz Citan 1.5-litre diesel was one of the worst polluters – emitting more than 20 times the legal limit of 0.08g.

The order in Munich came following an action brought by T&E’s German member DUH, which complained that the state of Bavaria had breached EU limits in two places. Bavaria’s highest administrative court ruled on 1 March that the state and the city of Munich have until the end of the year to draw up clean air plans that include bans on diesel cars when necessary.

Running from 6 - 12th March, SoICanBreathe is a week of stories exploring some of the different ways the world is seeking to reduce air pollution. Emily Kasriel, season editor, introduces the season running across BBC News, including national news, local TV and radio, World Service radio and BBC World News, online and social media.


De ontdekking dat meerdere automerken hun cijfers over dieselvervuiling vervalsten leidde tot grote verontwaardiging. Corporate Europe Observatory en Friends of the Earth deden een eigen onderzoek. De Europese Commissie blijkt integraal deel geweest te zijn van het systeem achter het schandaal.