Ricardo research underpins proposal to make Oxford the world’s first Zero Emission Zone
Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have put forward joint proposals to introduce a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford’s historic city centre.
The design of the Zero Emission Zone, including the financial modelling, has been delivered by Ricardo Energy & Environment. The proposals would see a ban on polluting vehicles from Oxford’s city centre, adopting a phased approach, and targeting specific vehicle types across a small number of streets in 2020.
As vehicle technology develops, the zone will expand to include all vehicle types across the whole of the city centre by 2035. If implemented, it is believed that these plans would lead to Oxford becoming the world’s first Zero Emission Zone.
Guy Hitchcock, Ricardo’s Knowledge leader for Low Emission Zones and Strategies said: “It has been a privilege to support Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Councils with the financial and emissions modelling that supports Oxford’s ambition to implement a Zero Emissions Zone. Cities around the world face the challenge of economic and population growth whilst managing increases in air pollution and associated impacts on the health and wellbeing of their local communities. I’m confident that the work being done in Oxford demonstrates that zero emission development can be technologically and economically achievable.”
Ricardo, which has one of the largest air quality consultancy teams in Europe, provides advice on all aspects of air quality management – from building the evidence base through air pollution measurements, modelling and emissions assessments to the development of evidence based policy, strategy and air quality management plans at local, regional and national scales.