Spain’s low emissions zones

Last updated: 21 August 2023

Under its National Energy and Climate Plan for 2021-2030 and the Climate Change and Energy Transition Law that was approved in May 2021, the Spanish government plans to work with local governments to discourage the use of private vehicles in favour of shared use systems and other modes of transport such as walking and cycling. Measures will include the establishment of low-emissions zones, restrictions on private transport (such as restricted access in concentrated urban zones for polluting vehicles), and increased spending on public transport and related infrastructure, all of which are designed to encourage behavioural change that supports emissions reductions and efficiency improvements in the transport sector. The estimated energy savings for this measure is 5 622.9 ktoe of cumulative final energy savings in the 2021-30 period and its total cost is projected to be EUR 3.14 billion in public investment.

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