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Air quality in 12 answers

Is the air we breathe in Barcelona polluted?

Aire Barcelona contaminat
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What is the Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emission Zone?

Zona de Baixes Emissions Rondes Barcelona
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What is the T-Aire?

T-Aire
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What will happen in 2020 with the restriction on vehicles with no DGT badge?

2020
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How does pollution affect our health?

Com afecta a les persones el PM10
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What is an air pollution episode?

episodi de contaminació
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Which vehicles cannot circulate during a pollution episode?

Vehicles no poden circular en episodi de contaminació
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How can I help to reduce pollution in Barcelona?

Reduir la contaminació a Barcelona
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Does the restriction apply to vehicles from other provinces and foreign vehicles?

La restricció afecta als vehicles d’altres províncies i estrangers
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How do I know if a pollution episode has been announced?

Com m’assabento que estem en episodi de contaminació?
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How will I know the right environmental sticker for my vehicle?

Com puc saber el distintiu ambiental del meu vehicle
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What is the Metropolitan T-Verda?

Què és la T-Verda Metropolitana
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Is the air we breathe in Barcelona polluted?

Barcelona records pollution levels (particularly suspended particulate matter PM10 and nitrogen dioxide NO2) that are very harmful for people's health and do not comply with WHO recommendations. 98% and 68% of the population, respectively, may be exposed to levels of PM10 and NO2 above those recommended. See the Evaluation of air quality in Barcelona city report compiled by the Barcelona Public Health Agency.

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What is the Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emission Zone?

This is a 95 km2 area that includes Barcelona and the municipalities surrounding the ring roads where restrictions on the use of the most polluting vehicles are gradually being introduced. Further information.

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What is the T-Aire?

To promote the use of public transport among non-habitual users, when there is a pollution episode which restricts circulation public transport operators offer the T-Aire, a multi-person travel pass for two journeys at the same price as two T-10 journeys. Further information

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What will happen in 2020 with the restriction on vehicles with no DGT badge?

Yes. As from 1 January 2020, only vehicles with the DGT sticker can circulate in the Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emission Zone on working Mondays to Fridays from 7 am to 8 pm. See the calendar 

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How does pollution affect our health?

It affects everybody's health but especially that of more sensitive people such as adults with respiratory or heart diseases, pregnant women, the elderly and children under the age of six. Pollution damages the cardiovascular, respiratory, immunological and fertility systems. It contributes to the onset of asthma, slows down the development of the lungs and the brain in children, and generally lowers our quality of life and life expectancy. Further information.

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What is an air pollution episode?

This occurs when the levels of pollutants in the air (the suspended particulate matter PM10 and/or the gas nitrogen dioxide NO2) recorded in more than one station in the Catalan Atmospheric Pollution Monitoring and Forecasting Network (XVPCA) exceed the set limits and the forecasts do not predict any improvement. In this situation, the Government of Catalonia declares an air pollution episode, as a health and environmental protection measure. See the measures implemented.

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Which vehicles cannot circulate during a pollution episode?

On days when there is a pollution episode with restricted circulation, the following vehicles cannot circulate inside the  Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emission Zone: cars without the DGT environmental sticker (petrol-driven cars manufactured prior to Euro 3 and registered before 2000, and diesel-driven cars manufactured prior to Euro 4 and registered before January 2006), vans manufactured prior to Euro 1 (registered before 1 October 1994) and motorbikes, mopeds and quadricycles without aDGT environmental sticker (manufactured prior to Euro 2, registered before 2003). Further information.

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How can I help to reduce pollution in Barcelona?

The main source of pollution is the circulation of motor vehicles. This is why it is important that collective habits are adopted that contribute to reducing the emission of pollutants into the air we breathe. Travel preferably on public transport, by bike or on foot. If you have no alternative, use the least polluting car possible or share the journey with other users. Further information.

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Does the restriction apply to vehicles from other provinces and foreign vehicles?

Yes. All vehicles that circulate inside the Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emission Zone are subject to the same restrictions irrespective of where they are registered, be it any Spanish province or abroad.

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How do I know if a pollution episode has been announced?

Through the Barcelona City Council information and public advice channels and the channels of the Government of Catalonia, the AMB and the main public transport operators. On days with restricted circulation, there will also be alerts on the electronic panels located on the express roads and inside the city, and on the signs prohibiting access inside the Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emission Zone on the Barcelona Ring Road exits. Register here for the free pollution alert service by email

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How will I know the right environmental sticker for my vehicle?

The General Directorate of Traffic has classified vehicles according to their environmental behaviour. Only vehicles that meet the minimum expected environmental requirements are issued with the DGT sticker. You can check what your vehicle’s DGT environmental sticker is on the DGT website.

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What is the Metropolitan T-Verda?

This is a travel card that gives the holder the right to three years' free public transport within the metropolitan area (1-6 zones) in exchange for scrapping a vehicle considered to be highly pollutant and not buying another one for three years. Further information

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News

Permanent low emissions zones from 1 January 2020

15/03/2019 - 16:50 h

Pollution. A monitoring commission will put together the municipal by-law to regulate circulation in the specified areas.

Activation of pollution episode protocol for high levels of PM10

28/02/2019 - 12:05 h

Pollution. Temporary measures are in place to cut the high levels, such as more intense watering down of streets and the prohibition of municipal activity which generates dust.

‘Escola respira’, the healthy way to go to school

27/02/2019 - 17:23 h

Environment and sustainability. New measures include air-quality checks, more plants and cultivation patches in playgrounds, and making school surroundings and approach routes more pleasant.

Map of Barcelona's air quality

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