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The Impact of Urban Clean Air Zones on SMEs 

Urban clean air zones are designed to reduce air pollution, and often impose restrictions or charges on vehicles that don’t meet specific emission standards.

These zones can significantly impact small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by altering their operational landscape. This includes those heavily reliant on transportation for goods and services, as this can lead to increased operational costs. Meeting the required standards for clean air zones by upgrading or replacing non-compliant vehicles for example, can strain financial resources.

These measures do encourage businesses to adopt more sustainable practises, contributing to the overall improvement of urban air quality.

However, it is also important to understand the balance between the long-term environmental benefits, and the difficulties that businesses may face in the management and changes required.

Learn more about the Government Clean Air Fund.

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