SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) gathered to hear about Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) and to find out more about its second phase which will extend the emission requirements to all vehicles by the end of 2022.
The information event, hosted jointly by Glasgow City Council and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) at the City Chambers, was open to the whole SME business community. Glasgow’s LEZ was the first to be introduced in Scotland.
Delegates had the chance to hear from and engage with a wide range of speakers, including council air quality officers, the FSB and convenor for sustainability and carbon reduction, Councillor Anna Richardson. Experts were also on hand to speak about ways in which financial and environmental savings can be made across business fleets, no matter the size.
Councillor Richardson, said: “Air pollution impacts negatively on human health; particularly so for the very young, the elderly and those with existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.
“Our LEZ is capable of bringing about a significant improvement in air quality and its impact will make Glasgow city centre more pleasant and attractive for those living, working and visiting here.
“Whilst it’s not until the end of 2022 that the strict emission standards required of Glasgow’s LEZ will apply to all vehicles, it’s critical that we connect with bodies such as the Federation of Small Businesses and their members, to raise awareness early and ensure that businesses have time to prepare.
“Businesses are the backbone of Glasgow’s economy; driving growth and creating jobs. And so, we’ll continue to engage with enterprises and their representative bodies over the coming months to ensure that their voices are heard as we deliver cleaner, healthier air for Glasgow.”
Andy Aird, FSB’s area leader for the West of Scotland, said: “Improving air quality is important to make Glasgow city centre a great place to live, work and do business. It’s everyone’s business and small firms are willing to play their part.
“Changes brought about by the Low Emission Zone will have a big impact on the business community. As a result, decision-makers should do all they can to help local businesses purchase cleaner vehicles.
“We will continue to work with Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government to raise awareness and to ensure that additional support will be given to small businesses.”