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Air Quality and Clean Vehicles Procurement in European Cities

12 September 2016 - 13 September 2016 Paris

This workshop was organised as part of the CIVITAS thematic group on Clean Vehicles and Fuels. The aim of the group is to promote the exchange on key policies and measures in this area.

The workshop was organised jointly by Polis and Polis member Paris.


The first day of the workshop concentrated on the topic of air quality, while the second looked at clean vehicles procurement. Day 1 was split in two parts: in the morning the European Commission presented EU level policies on air quality, whereas the afternoon session showed how those have been implemented locally in a number of European cities. The European Commission representative informed that the two main legislative documents guiding the work on air quality in Europe will soon be updated. The National Emission Ceilings Directive, which sets limits for total emissions of certain air pollutants for the Member States has been recently revised. The Ambient Air Quality Directive will soon be revised as well. The representative of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission brought to light the newly developed SHERPA tool. The tool is designed to support local authorities in air quality planning and in assessing the impacts of these plans. Polis’ members Paris, Milan, Madrid and Rotterdam, together with Transport for London and Barcelona Metropolitan then presented their work in improving air quality in their cities using measures such as low emission zones (LEZ), congestion charges and pollution charges depending on the level of pollution of the vehicle.

The second day looked at clean vehicle procurement. The city of Paris presented its attempt to organize an inter-country joint procurement of clean vehicles, such as small commercial vehicles and refuse collection trucks, using the EU Clean Vehicle Directive. Catalonia region and the city of Stockholm presented their own experiences on clean vehicle procurement, the city of Rotterdam on electric charging infrastructure and a representative of the European Commission talked about the revision of the EU Clean Vehicle Directive.

The final agenda of the event can be found here.

The presentations can be downloaded from the links below:


Day 1:

Paris plan to mitigate air pollution

Hervé Levifve, Advisor to Christophe Najdovski, Vice-Mayor in charge of transport, mobility and public space, City of Paris

Presentation of Paris work on technical impact assessment of the policy measures

Karine Léger, Chief Partnerships & communication officer, Air Parif

Presenting the EU framework towards clean air in cities

Francois Wakenhut, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Environment

On the importance of the traffic sector in urban air quality planning: application of the JRC-SHERPA screening tool in Europe's regions

Enrico Pisoni, Scientific / Technical Project Officer, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Introduction to the afternoon session: the Dieselgate

Martin Lutz, Head of Sector Air Quality, Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment Berlin

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone: Developing evidence based policies to tackle vehicle emissions in London

Claire Cheriyan, Principal Analyst, Transport for London

Fostering clean vehicles through the new Madrid Air Quality & Climate Change Plan

Juan Azcárate, Deputy Director General, City of Madrid

Air quality: Urban transport measures in the City of Milan

Marco Bedogni, Air quality expert, Mobility and Environment Agency, City of Milan 

Improving air quality in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area: advancing proposals of the Urban Mobility Plan

Carles Conill Vergés, Director Sustainable Mobility Service, Barcelona Metropolitan

Rotterdam healthy city!

Arnold Van den Berg, Team Leader, City of Rotterdam


Day 2:

Paris initiative on EU joint clean vehicles procurement

Céline Frahtia-Levoir, Head of Purchasing Supports and Technics Office, City of Paris

Clean vehicles procurement and air quality in Catalonia

María José Sarrias, Head of the Service of Environmental Qualification, Catalonia Region

Joint procurement of electric charging infrastructure

Lutske Lindeman, Senior Manager, Traffic and Transport Sustainable Mobility, City of Rotterdam

Revision of the 2009/33/EC Clean Vehicle Directive

Kemal Önel, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport

Clean Vehicles Directive revision: contribution from the Sustainable Transport Forum expert group

Jonas Ericson, Project Cordinator, Clean Vehicles, City of Stockholm


For more information, please contact:

Nicolas Hauw

Daniela Stoycheva