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Road transport is responsible for most of the dangerous air pollution in Greater Manchester.

It accounts for 65% of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and 79% of particulate emissions – the two most harmful pollutants in our city-region.

This poor air quality is thought to contribute to the premature death of around 2,000 Greater Manchester residents each year.

The impact on the environment is also significant with road traffic responsible for almost a third of the city-region’s carbon emissions.

We’re looking at a range of ways to tackle this, including work to improve Greater Manchester’s bus fleet and to reduce the impact of freight.

We’re also improving sustainable transport options and encouraging everyone to consider using the bus, train or tram, or to walk or cycle more.

What can I do?

If you drive there are plenty of ways you can make sure your journey is more environmentally-friendly.

Even the way you drive can help. Eco-driving or 'smarter driving' techniques can cut your fuel costs by 10 per cent and your car’s emissions at the same time.

Car-sharing with someone who makes the same regular journey as you can help cuts costs, congestion, parking problems and air pollution. More than 100 Greater Manchester employees have joined our Car share GM scheme.

We’re also encouraging more people to consider buying a low emission vehicle such as an electric car.

You don’t pay vehicle excise duty (or ‘road tax’) on an electric car. It’s much cheaper to run and maintenance costs are much lower.

It’s also quieter and, with no harmful tailpipe emissions, kinder to the local environment.

More than 300 electric charging points are now available across the region thanks to Greater Manchester's Electric Vehicle scheme, with more on the way.

Electric cars are the future – the technology is improving all the time. They will make a big contribution to sustainable travel.