The Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Sustainable Development of Andorra has launched a campaign among drivers for engine shutdown of vehicles without traffic for more than a minute. This campaign aims to improve air quality in Andorra. According to the Ministry’s indicators for 2016, the quality of air in the Principality was recorded as “excellent” or “good” 92% of the time. However, the ministry calls for continuous improvement of this indicator, since air quality has a direct impact on human health and the environment.
As part of the campaign drivers will be given the stickers “Aire net, motor apagat” (Air is clean, the engine is off).
The engine shutdown also has an economic effect: working engine consumes more fuel than when it is turned off and restarted. There is also a positive acoustic effect – 80% of urban noise is provoked by vehicles.
Clean air in the city reduces the percentage of respiratory diseases, including asthma. It is also noted that switching off the engines will help minimize the effects of climate change, because every saved liter of fuel reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.