The Netherlands will help China to improve the quality of their air. State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure and Environment and her Chinese counterpart Chen Jining signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the matter.
The D66 wants to ban all diesel vehicles that are older than 8 years from the whole of Rotterdam, starting in a year and a half, De Gelderlander reports.
The high level of air pollution in the Netherlands could lead to large fines from the European Union. This is according to Milieu Defensie (Environment Defense), based on nitrogen dioxide measurements made on 58 main roads.
TNO determined that the amount of particulate matter in residential areas in Amsterdam and Amstelveen is two times higher than normal when the wind is blowing from the direction of Schiphol.
Rotterdam is taking drastic measures to improve air quality. This includes expanding the environmental zone, so that the most polluting vehicles are no longer allowed in a large part of the city.