09 Jan 2020
2020.- New challenges for Tourism and Mobility
Sports Tourism Year in Catalonia
Coinciding with an Olympic year for the celebration of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Catalan Tourism Board has declared 2020 – Sport Tourism Year –
With an eye on the Olympic bid Pirineus-Barcelona 2030, Catalunya wants to be the sports tourist reference and wants to take the opportunity to position the tourist destination internationally. The quality of the tourist offer and the excellent sports facilities available make it an ideal destination to practice different sports.
With this initiative of the Catalan Tourist Board we want to strengthen the values of sport such as equality, inclusion, accessibility, innovation and healthy lifestyle habits and work on different objectives and proposals:
- To position Catalonia as an international
- To promote sport as a distinctive
value of the brand Catalonia.
- To highlight the values of
sport, including equality, inclusion, accessibility, innovation and healthy
- To increase the revenue per
tourist by offering products with greater added value.
- To promote destinations, companies and
sporting facilities among the priority outbound tourism markets.
- To support Catalan sports companies and
destinations in the creation of sports tourism products that contribute
to de-seasonalising what Catalan has to offer tourists and
- To contribute to marketing and
attracting training camps and sporting events.
- To maximize the synergies between the
sports sector and tourism so as to capitalise on some of the profits from
tourism and reinvest them in the Catalan sports sector.
- To promote the sporting disciplines and
outbound tourism markets with the greatest potential for de-seasonalisation and
to contribute to a greater territorial distribution of tourist
The challenge of this season will be to amplify the promotional action of the sports tourism brand and promotion and communication actions aimed at both the final public and professionals in the tourism and sports sector will be promoted. These actions are aimed at the most priority markets such as France, Germany, Benelux, the United Kingdom and the Nordic countries, and also at strategic markets such as North America, China and Japan.
Start of the Low Emission Zone-ZBE in the metropolitan area of Barcelona
Air pollution has a significant impact on people’s health and is directly responsible for more than half a million annual premature deaths in Europe, according to data available to the World Health Organization.
The initiative wants to reduce the circulation of 125 thousand vehicles without an environmental label, which would mean a 15% decrease in air pollution in the Barcelona area until 2024.
As published in a BLOG Post last September 29th, the Low Emission Zone is an area of more than 95 km. squares that include the city of Barcelona and surrounding municipalities such as Hospitalet de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat, Cornellà de Llobregat and Sant Adrià del Besòs. All their municipalities will carry out policies of progressive restriction of the circulation of polluting vehicles, together with other complementary measures to ensure air quality.
permanent Low Emission Zone comes into force on 1 January 2020
Barcelona Ring Roads LEZ will restrict the circulation of the most polluting
vehicles, those without a DGT environmental label, on working days between 7 am
and 8 pm.
- Pollution is a serious health problem that affects everyone
throughout their life. In 2018 there were 351 deaths with causes attributable
to pollution, which particularly affects the most vulnerable: children, elderly
people, pregnant women and adults with cardiorespiratory or chronic diseases.
- Barcelona continuously exceeds the pollution levels set by
the WHO, every day. This constant exposure to harmful particles affects
children’s health and their development.
What will be achieved by the Barcelona Ring Roads LEZ?
- As many as 50,000 vehicles will cease to circulate in
Barcelona every day. That means 20% fewer vehicles than at present. These are
vehicles that do not have the DGT label because they pollute excessively. For
example, withdrawing from circulation a diesel vehicle that is more than 20
years old is equivalent to removing 35 modern vehicles.
- We will reduce NO2 emissions, which are mainly
caused by traffic, by 15%. And in 15 years, we will have reduced polluting
emissions (especially NO2 and PM10) by 30%.
If my vehicle does not have a DGT environmental label, what should I do?
- Check if it belongs to any of these groups:
- Professional hauliers:
they have a one-year moratorium. Prior registration is not required.
- Vehicles of people with
reduced mobility or emergency services: these can circulate if they are
- Professional hauliers:
- If not, you can register yours and request 24-hour permits
(up to 10 days a year).
- Get around sustainably. The public transport system and the
cycle lane network offer the best way of travelling within the Barcelona Ring
You can’t see air pollution but you breathe it in. Reducing pollution protects your health.
Interested parties may apply to have a vehicle included in the Metropolitan Register of Foreign Vehicles and other Authorised Vehicles.
After checking that all the requirements have been meet, applicants will be informed of their vehicle’s inclusion in the Register and of the granting of authorisation to drive in the low emission zone.
The application can be submitted through the form on this website.
Other ways to submit the application
In-person application form can be submited in:
- Metropolitan OAC Office: Carrer 62, núm 16-18, Zona Franca, 08040 Barcelona.
(Business days, Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 14:00).
Transportation is one of the main sources of environmental pollution. An increase in collective land transport, to the detriment of the private vehicle, could drastically reduce both urban and interurban congestion problems since each of the collective transport vehicles replaces an average of 20 cars. A bus / coach with the current EuroV / EuroVI engines required by the European Union emits 28.4 grams of NO2 per traveler, compared to 157.7 grams emitted by each private vehicle. The coach is one of the least polluting means in terms of NO2 per traveler with a huge difference compared to the plane that has a 2.4 times higher emission rate.
The United Nations has urged governments, communities and municipalities to join all initiatives aimed at finding solutions to reduce air pollution, but these policies would not be effective without the involvement of industry in general and companies in particular, along with people who, individually or family, can also make their contributions on a larger or smaller scale. In this sense, we must move towards sustainable mobility. In the particular case, the Avant Grup company has 99% of its entire fleet with EuroV and EuroVI motor vehicles, with a minimum emission level and in accordance with the EU maximum label.