Lisbon to “lead the way” in tackling air pollution

It should be ready by the end of the year and means to lead the way for other national cities. The Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo ‘plan for situations of air pollution’ will involve new regulations for cars entering the city and a new system for collating data. Levels of air pollution have prompted a number of alerts recently, Lisbon’s Avenida da Liberdade registering readings that put public health at risk.

Carlos Martins, secretary of state for the environment, said the government hopes its new measures will “become a reference for air pollution in Portugal” to be taken to other cities.

He added that the government will be investing around €2 million in upgrading data collating mechanisms.

The money will come from combined CCDR budgets and the Environmental Fund, he said.