Copenhagen Mayor Proposes Diesel Ban for 2019

October 12, 2017 at 1:09 PM

As part of his reelection platform, Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen has proposed banning the sale of new diesel-powered vehicles in certain parts of the city starting January 1, 2019.

The proposal, which follows similar ones in Athens, Paris, Madrid and Mexico City, is widely supported by other politicians in the Danish capital. But critics point out that Jensen’s plan would allow older diesel models to continue to operate, while banning cleaner new ones.

Jensen’s office says about 80 people in Copenhagen die per year due to air pollution, one-fourth of which are linked to car emissions. More than 40% of the 168,000 private vehicles registered in Copenhagen have diesel engines. That’s slightly higher than the rest of the country, according to Danmarks Statistik.

In addition to cars, Jensen aims to rid Copenhagen of diesel-fueled buses and cruise ships. He also suggests doing away with wood-burning stoves.