Spain takes steps towards EU compliance on air quality and landfills

A metropolitan low-emissions zone (LEZ) announced by Barcelona this week and a recent Spanish government draft law on landfilling could help lift the threat of fines for Spain

A metropolitan low-emissions zone (LEZ) announced by Barcelona this week and a recent Spanish government draft law on landfilling could help lift the threat of fines for Spain over its extended non-compliance with EU air quality and waste management legislation.

The Barcelona LEZ, which comes into force on 1 January 2020, will prevent older diesel and petrol-engined vehicles from entering an area of 95 km2, covering Barcelona and five surrounding municipalities, between 07:00 and 20:00.

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