Blue Environmental Zone in Munich – Planning

The mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter sees a strong need for action in fighting against air pollution and has foreseen a long planning phase. In addition, the question is strengthened by the outstanding complaint of the German association for environmental protection (Deutschen Umwelthilfe – DUH) because of the non-compliance of limit values. Therefore, during the following year, possible measures and their positive effects on the urban air quality are to be debated, including the implementation of a blue environmental zone. It is still to be determined in October 2017 whether Federal states are responsible for the introduction of traffic restrictions to Diesel vehicles or not. In Munich, many things depend on this decision. In case of a strengthening of the local authorities in terms of driving bans, Reiter wants to cooperate with the Bavarian State Government as quickly as possible in order to find a solution for Munich. However, resistance to such projects do not come from political circles only, but also from BMW, the Munich-based car concern. BMW is more inclined to offer incentives for the purchase of cars with alternative propulsion techniques. On the other hand, in addition to the introduction of a blue environmental zone, the Green party is even going further and wants to ban SUVs from the city centre. Therefore, the debate in Munich is very versatile.

Nitrogen Oxides in Munich – Information until September 2017

In Munich, 5 measuring stations are currently operated by the Bavarian State Office for the Environment. The daily medium values reach up to 150% of the European limit values (40 µg/m3). The non-compliance of NOx-values is largely caused by Diesel vehicles. For this reason, Munich has already taken several initiatives. For example, DHL depots has now been introduced in the city centre, so to enable the delivery of goods by e-cars and electric scooters only. On the other side, the lack of significant measures such as the renewal of local traffic is criticized. Due to the high air pollution, Reiter, the mayor of Munich, plans as extensive measures as necessary. But he already announced that the implementation of traffic restriction zones would not be favored.