Low Emission Zone

UPDATE: thank you to everyone who gave their views on the proposed low emission zone. We're now reviewing all comments and will be reporting it to the Transport and Environment Committee on 26 October 2021. The committee will decide on the next steps. We'll keep these pages up to date with a summary of the feedback and next steps.

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 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.

We are now looking for people's views on our proposed LEZ for Edinburgh.