Glasgow 2014: Low emission zones promise 'broken'


Environmentalists have accused Commonwealth Games organisers of reneging on promises to create low emission zones around venues.

Glasgow 2014 has been recognised for efforts to reduce carbon emissions, waste and promote healthy living.

But Friends of the Earth said pledges to ban the most polluting vehicles from venue areas had been broken.

Glasgow 2014 admitted vehicles fell short of low emission targets but said it was committed to sustainability.

Friends of the Earth Scotland said low emission zones - where the most polluting vehicles are restricted or discouraged - had been a key plank of environmental promises that underpinned Glasgow's bid.

A Glasgow 2014 spokesman, speaking on behalf of Games partners, said it had proved challenging to procure the vehicles necessary to reach the standards required for low emission zones.

But he said that despite the "setback" they had achieved certification for sustainability on par with what was achieved at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.