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SCT: The future of clean transportation in Polish cities


SCT: The future of clean transportation in Polish cities

Leading the way in green innovation, Warsaw has officially adopted the Clean Transportation Zone (SCT) project. The city is just one of many where SCT is beginning to shape the urban landscape. Similar initiatives have also been implemented in Wroclaw and Krakow.

What does the public know about the SCT?

Research conducted by the Clean Transportation Zones Laboratory shows that public awareness of clean air and its impact on health is high. However, knowledge of SCT is partial, and expectations, of this project often exceed its actual capabilities.

The public is counting on the SCT to bring improvements in the quality of life through better air. It is expected to affect mental well-being and comfort in urban areas. Respondents link the SCT to a reduction in high-emission cars. This, in turn, could contribute to more space for pedestrians and cyclists. However, the realization of these expectations also depends on the city’s spatial policies.

Changes in lifestyles

City residents expect the SCT to change their lifestyles, promoting physical activity and a healthier environment. There is hope to reduce the incidence of diseases caused by pollution and lower medical costs.

The main concern of residents, however, is the need to adapt quickly to the new requirements, especially in terms of replacing cars with newer models or electric vehicles.

Introducing SCT in stages

Warsaw has adopted a five-stage plan for implementing SCT, where residents and visitors will have to gradually adapt to the new regulations. The first stage is expected to affect about 2% of cars, which is expected to result in a significant reduction in NOX and PM emissions.

SCT – Does it work?

Examples from Europe, such as Milan, Berlin and London, show that the introduction of SCT has positive effects. Reduced emissions, increased street capacity, reduced noise and vibration are just some of the benefits.

Long-term perspective

Although the first effects of SCT will be seen relatively quickly, the full range of benefits will be realized in the long term. It is also worth noting that not all public expectations can be met by SCT alone – appropriate urban policies are also required.


The SCT project opens a new chapter in the ecological transformation of Polish cities. Although the public’s concerns and hopes are varied, the SCT seems to have the potential to significantly improve the quality of life in urban space. The future will tell how successfully Polish cities will manage to implement these changes and what their long-term effects will be.

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