Low Emission Zone

What is the Low-emissions zone in Barcelona’s ring-road area?

An area measuring over 95 km2 that includes Barcelona and the municipalities around the city's ring roads. It is planned to progressively restrict the circulation of the most polluting vehicles within this area, from 1 December 2017 onwards.
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The aim is to protect both people and the environment from pollution generated by vehicles. This is one of the measures taken to safeguard the quality of the air we breathe and to guarantee people's right to good health in a healthier city.

Within the Barcelona's ring road low emisions zone, traffic restrictions will be applied from 1 December 2017 onwards, during days with NO2 pollution episodes, working days from Monday to Friday from 7 am to 8 pm. These restrictions will be progressively expanded until they become permanent in 2020.

These restrictions will not apply to the vehicles of people with reduced mobility, emergency services (police, firefighters, ambulances) or essential services (medical and funeral services).

Throughout 2017, motorcycles, lorries, coaches, buses and vans with Euro 1, Euro 2 and Euro 3 emission standards will also be exempt.

What areas does the Low-emissions zone in Barcelona’s ring-road area?

Low emission zones

CORNELLÀ
DEL LLOBREGAT
ESPLUGUES
DE LLOBREGAT
HOSPITALET
DE LLOBREGAT
BARCELONA
ST. ADRIÀ
DEL BESÒS
DIAGONAL
RONDA DE DALT
MERIDIANA
GRAN VIA
RONDA LITORAL
EXCLUDED ZONE
EXCLUDED ZONE
EXCLUDED WAYS
EXCLUDED WAYS
EXCLUDED WAYS
EXCLUDED WAYS
Low emission zones
The Low-emissions zone in Barcelona’s ring-road area is centred around the municipality of Barcelona, except for the neighbourhoods of Vallvidrera-el Tibidabo-les Planes and Zona Franca Industrial.

It also includes areas of the surrounding municipalities of Sant Adrià del Besós, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat and Cornellà de Llobregat.


North-East Zone

NOU BARRIS
Sant Andreu
SANT MARTÍ
POBLENOU
SANT ADRIÀ DEL BESÓS
Sant Andreu
Sant Andreu Comtal
Bon Pastor
Verneda
La Pau
Besós
Besós de Mar
Parc del Besós
Can Llima
Port Fórum
Sant Joan Baptista
Encants
Artigues
Llefià
Santa Rosa
Can Peixauet
Santa Coloma
Singuerlin
Baró de Viver
Trinitat Vella
MERIDIANA
GRAN VIA
RONDA LITORAL
EXCLUDED WAYS
EXCLUDED WAYS
C-31
B-20
North-East Zone North-East Zone
The north-eastern edge of the city includes the districts of Nou Barris, Sant Andreu and Sant Martí, along with the municipality of Sant Adrià del Besós. This area includes Barcelona access roads with high-density traffic. There are a number of public-transport alternatives.
Pollution and health

Barcelona registers high pollution levels, especially in terms of PM10 particulates and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), that are above the European Union's established limits. They are very harmful to people's health, especially for more vulnerable groups, such as adults with delicate health, pregnant women, asthma sufferers, the elderly and children.

These pollutants are mainly caused by motor-vehicle traffic.


North-West Zone

LES CORTS
GRÀCIA
Sant Gervasi
Baixador de Vallvidriera
Vallvidriera
Peu Fenicular
Reina Elisenda
Sarrià
Les Tres Torres
Zona Universitaria
Palau Reial
Penitents
DIAGONAL
RONDA DE DALT
VIA AUGUSTA
B-23
EXCLUDED WAYS
C-16
North-West Zone
The north-western edge of the city includes the districts of Gràcia, Sant Gervasi and Les Corts, along with the municipalities of Esplugues de Llobregat, Cornellà and L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. This area includes Barcelona access roads with high-density traffic. There are a number of public-transport alternatives.
More than 9.000 vehicles per km2.

Barcelona has nearly 6,000 cars per km2. This is twice as many as Madrid (3,000 cars per km2) and over three times more than London, which has 2,000 cars per km2. If you include motorbikes, the total figure is over 9,000 vehicles per km2, which is three times the vehicle density for Madrid and 5.5 times that of London.

Every day, over a million vehicles drive through Barcelona’s entry points. Nearly 800,000 use the city's main roads and nearly 270,000 use the city's ring roads.


South-East Zone

CORNELLÀ
DEL LLOBREGAT
ESPLUGUES
DE LLOBREGAT
L'hospitalet
LES CORTS
Montjuic
Zona Universitaria
Palau Reial
Can Clota
Can Oliveres
Can Rigal
San Ramón
Can Boixeras
Can Vidalet
Can Serra
Collblanc
Av. Carrilet
Sant Josep
Badal
Mercat Nou
Santa Eulalia
Gornal
Bellvitge
Hospital Bellvitge
Mercabarna
Parc Logístic
Ildefons Cerdà
Magòria - La Campana
RONDA DE DALT
DIAGONAL
RONDA LITORAL
GRAN VIA
A2
B-20
EXCLUDED WAYS
EXCLUDED WAYS
B-23
C-31
South-East Zone South-East Zone
The South-eastern edge of the city includes the districts of Les Corts and Sants-Montjuïc, which border on the municipalities of Esplugues de Llobregat, Cornellà and L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, This area includes Barcelona access roads with high-density traffic. There are a number of public-transport alternatives.
Reducing the pollution levels.

Air pollution is one of the European Union’s main public-health problems. It causes 300,000 premature deaths every year.

Reducing pollution levels in the Barcelona conurbation to the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s recommended levels would avoid 659 deaths in the city every year and increase the life expectancy of city residents by 52 days.
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Low emission zones

The Barcelona Low Emission Zone is centred around the municipality of Barcelona, except for the neighbourhoods of Vallvidrera-el Tibidabo-les Planes and Zona Franca Industrial.

It also includes areas of the surrounding municipalities of Sant Adrià del Besós, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat and Cornellà de Llobregat.

North-East Zone

The north-eastern edge of the city includes the districts of Nou Barris, Sant Andreu and Sant Martí, along with the municipality of Sant Adrià del Besós. This area includes Barcelona access roads with high-density traffic. There are a number of public-transport alternatives.
Pollution and health

Barcelona registers high pollution levels, especially in terms of PM10 particulates and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), that are above the European Union's established limits. They are very harmful to people's health, especially for more vulnerable groups, such as adults with delicate health, pregnant women, asthma sufferers, the elderly and children.

These pollutants are mainly caused by motor-vehicle traffic.

North-West Zone

The north-western edge of the city includes the districts of Gràcia, Sant Gervasi and Les Corts, along with the municipalities of Esplugues de Llobregat, Cornellà and L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. This area includes Barcelona access roads with high-density traffic. There are a number of public-transport alternatives.
More than 9.000 vehicles per km2.

Barcelona has nearly 6,000 cars per km2. This is twice as many as Madrid (3,000 cars per km2) and over three times more than London, which has 2,000 cars per km2. If you include motorbikes, the total figure is over 9,000 vehicles per km2, which is three times the vehicle density for Madrid and 5.5 times that of London.

Every day, over a million vehicles drive through Barcelona’s entry points. Nearly 800,000 use the city's main roads and nearly 270,000 use the city's ring roads.

South-East Zone

The South-eastern edge of the city includes the districts of Les Corts and Sants-Montjuïc, which border on the municipalities of Esplugues de Llobregat, Cornellà and L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, This area includes Barcelona access roads with high-density traffic. There are a number of public-transport alternatives.
Reducing the pollution levels.

Air pollution is one of the European Union’s main public-health problems. It causes 300,000 premature deaths every year.

Reducing pollution levels in the Barcelona conurbation to the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s recommended levels would avoid 659 deaths in the city every year and increase the life expectancy of city residents by 52 days.
CORNELLÀ
DEL LLOBREGAT
ESPLUGUES
DE LLOBREGAT
HOSPITALET
DE LLOBREGAT
BARCELONA
ST. ADRIÀ
DEL BESÒS
DIAGONAL
RONDA DE DALT
MERIDIANA
GRAN VIA
RONDA LITORAL
EXCLUDED ZONE
EXCLUDED ZONE
EXCLUDED WAYS
EXCLUDED WAYS
EXCLUDED WAYS
EXCLUDED WAYS
AREA 1
  • Low emission zones
  • Excluded zone
  • Excluded roads
NOU BARRIS
Sant Andreu
SANT MARTÍ
POBLENOU
SANT ADRIÀ DEL BESÓS
Sant Andreu
Sant Andreu Comtal
Bon Pastor
Verneda
La Pau
Besós
Besós de Mar
Parc del Besós
Can Llima
Port Fórum
Sant Joan Baptista
Encants
Artigues
Llefià
Santa Rosa
Can Peixauet
Santa Coloma
Singuerlin
Baró de Viver
Trinitat Vella
MERIDIANA
GRAN VIA
RONDA LITORAL
EXCLUDED WAYS
EXCLUDED WAYS
C-31
B-20
AREA 1
LES CORTS
GRÀCIA
Sant Gervasi
Baixador de Vallvidriera
Vallvidriera
Peu Fenicular
Reina Elisenda
Sarrià
Les Tres Torres
Zona Universitaria
Palau Reial
Penitents
Coll / La Taxonera
Vall d'Hebron
Mundet
DIAGONAL
RONDA DE DALT
VIA AUGUSTA
B-23
EXCLUDED WAYS
C-16
AREA 2
CORNELLÀ
DEL LLOBREGAT
ESPLUGUES
DE LLOBREGAT
L'hospitalet
LES CORTS
Montjuic
Zona Universitaria
Palau Reial
Can Clota
Can Oliveres
Can Rigal
San Ramón
Can Boixeras
Can Vidalet
Can Serra
Collblanc
Av. Carrilet
Sant Josep
Badal
Mercat Nou
Santa Eulalia
Gornal
Bellvitge
Hospital Bellvitge
Mercabarna
Parc Logístic
Ildefons Cerdà
Magòria - La Campana
RONDA DE DALT
DIAGONAL
RONDA LITORAL
GRAN VIA
A2
B-20
EXCLUDED WAYS
EXCLUDED WAYS
B-23
C-31
AREA 3

What is an atmospheric pollution episode?

This special circumstance is declared by the Generalitat of Catalonia when atmospheric pollutant levels (suspended PM
10
particulates or nitrogen dioxide NO
2
), recorded at more than one station belonging to the Atmospheric Pollution Monitoring and Forecasting Network of Catalonia, rises above the maximum established limits and where the forecasts do not indicate any improvement.
What is an atmospheric pollution episode? What is an atmospheric pollution episode? When faced with an atmospheric pollution episode featuring PM
10
particulates, Barcelona City Council will restrict any construction work and city maintenance services that generate dust.

When there is an NO
2
episode, Barcelona City Council will encourage the use of public transport and restrict the use of the most polluting vehicles in the Low-emissions zone in Barcelona’s ring-road area.

Public transport services will be increased by using all available units, in order to ensure that everybody can get around the city. Information will be provided through all available channels, so that everyone can get all the information they need.

Who does it affect?
Traffic restrictions for the most polluting vehicles will be progressively applied using the Traffic Department’s (DGT’s) classification for vehicles: no label (the most polluting vehicles), and then following a decreasing order of pollution: with yellow, green, Eco and Zero Emission labels.
  • Zero Emission label

  • Eco label

  • Green label

  • Yellow label

  • No label

  • The less polluting
  • The most polluting
What is an atmospheric pollution episode?

The less polluting

What is an atmospheric pollution episode?

The most polluting

  • Zero Emission label

  • Eco label

  • Green label

  • Yellow label

  • No label

From 1 December 2017 onwards, if there is an NO2 episode, cars without any Traffic Department labels (petrol cars made before 2000 and diesel cars made before 2006) vans made before Euro 1 (registered before 1 October 1994) will not be able to travel inside the Low-emissions zone in Barcelona’s ring-road area. Check if your vehicle is affected by City of Barcelona traffic restrictions here

Why is this being done?

  • 1
    LESS POLLUTION Because this is one of the strategic measures for addressing Barcelona's air pollution problem.
  • 2
    HEALTH Because this benefits city residents, improves air quality and community health.
  • 3
    SUSTAINABILITY Because it gets us closer to a sustainable city model.
Over 200 European cities already have low emission zones, which restrict access to the most polluting vehicles, as one of the most effective measures for improving air quality.

When a pollution episode is activated:

  • Activitat 1
    Move around on foot or by bicycle, and use streets with less traffic.
  • Activitat 2
    Use public instead of private transport.
  • Activitat 3
    If you have to use a private vehicle, car share or combine its use with public transport.
  • Activitat 4
    If you exercise outdoors, do so at times when there is less traffic on the roads.
  • Activitat 5
    Regulate air conditioning and heating at home and avoid making your home excessively hot or cold.
  • Activitat 6
    Air your home at times when there is less traffic on the streets.