With less than 100 days of municipal elections, who are the elected officials who really fight against air pollution? Three NGOs have asked themselves the questions: Unicef, the Climate Action Network and Greenpeace, which publish Wednesday morning the result of their investigation with a ranking of the 12 largest cities in France. Overall, it is a red card addressed to them, because none of them makes enough efforts.
Which low emission areas?
There are still better students than others, in this ranking established with fifteen criteria after the screening of the policies of French cities in the fight against pollution. "In concrete terms, we looked at whether large cities had set up low-emission areas, where the oldest vehicles are not allowed to travel," explains Lorelei Limousin, head of transport and climate policies at Réseau de Action. Climate.
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"We also looked at whether they had committed to the release of diesel and gasoline," says the activist. "On the theme of cycling, we observed the changes in the cycling network, but also what was the bicycle budget per inhabitant and per year for each agglomeration."
Southern cities poorly ranked
At the top of the ranking is the city of Paris, followed by Grenoble and Strasbourg. In the last places of this ranking are the cities of Montpellier, Nice and Marseille, where measures to fight against air pollution are very largely insufficient, according to the three NGOs.