Low Emission Zone

Update 31 March 2022

In March 2022 Transport and Environment Committee have approved the City Centre Low Emission Zone Scheme Proposal, following legal processes. The LEZ will be introduced on 31 May 2022 and will be enforced from 1 June 2024, subject to final approval by Scottish Ministers.

Find out about the Low Emission Zone Scheme Proposal, the legal process (Statutory Notice Period) and how to make formal objections.

Background

We want people in Edinburgh to enjoy cleaner air, better health and a more pleasant and attractive city.

Air pollution is harmful to health, especially for children, older people and people with existing heart and lung conditions including asthma.

Edinburgh has made good progress in reducing levels of air pollution. There are still areas where certain pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), are higher than the legal standard. As road traffic is the main source of pollution, we need to take action. We can reduce air pollution more by creating a city centre low emission zone (LEZ). This will help reduce pollution across the whole city, not only within the zone.

We have been working with the Scottish Government and the three other major cities in Scotland to put LEZs in place and encourage people to use public transport which is more sustainable.