The Environmental Zone in Copenhagen/Frederiksberg
The majority of Copenhagen and all of Frederiksberg has been an Environmental Zone as of 1 September 2008. Click here to see a detailed map of the Environmental Zone.
Posted signs indicate when you are in the Environmental Zone.
The regulation of the Environmental Zone
The environmental zone apply to all diesel-powered vehicles above 3½ tons. The vehicle must either meet Euro 4 standard (or newer) or be retrofitted with an effective particle filter.
The Danish authorities require an environmental zone label for all heavy-duty diesel-powered behicles (both domistic and foreign) entering an environmental zone in Denmark.
Cities with Environmental zones
The tiniest particles - also called ultra fine particles - are the cause of early death and exacerbate respiratory and circulatory diseases especially.
Lorries and other heavy diesel-fuelled vehicles over 3½ tons are accountable for approx. 50 percent of all harmful pollution, which is why the municipalities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg are introducing an Environmental Zone that requires particle filters for heavy diesel-fuelled vehicles. Particle filters trap approx. 80 percent of the particles emitted from a diesel engine.
The Environmental Zone has shown to be very effectively. A report shows that the particle emission from lorries and busses on the greatest road in Copenhagen (H. C. Andersens Boulevard) from 2008 to 2010 has been reduced with 60 % as a result of the Environmental Zone. This corresponds to 16 % of the complete particle emission from all vehicles.
In Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, particle pollution results in almost 500 early deaths annually. The Environmental Zone will make it healthier to live in the city.
The Environmental Zone sets requirements on the levels of pollution containing particles that are harmful to health lorries and busses in the Environmental Zone are allowed to emit. The requirements will be tightened in two phases, once on 1st of September 2008 and again on 1st of July 2010.
Annually, the health benefits after 1st of July 2010 are expected to result in approx.:
People living outside the Environmental Zone will also benefit environmentally because traffic will move across the zone boundaries.
Environmental Zone map