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Environment and Water Ministry Tackles Air Pollution

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Environment and Water Ministry Tackles Air Pollution

Environment and Water Minister Neno Dimov

(October 12, 2017 Sofia) "Over the next year or so, municipalities in Bulgaria are planning to spend BGN 111 M on different programs for improvement of air quality," Environment and Water Minister Neno Dimov said in statement.


In his words, the ministry is trying to reduce CO2 emissions caused by domestic coal and wood burning and those by automobile traffic. Minister Dimov added that a conference on domestic coal and wood burning reduction would be held next month.


He went on to say that the ministry has launched a public procurement for the purchase of electromobiles worth BGN 1.3 M for its needs.


Meanwhile, Sofia Mayor Ms. Yordanka Fandakova said that at the beginning of 2018 the municipality was going to launch a large scale campaign aimed at reducing the number of coal and wood fuelled domestic heating systems in the two-million city.


She expects the households in the nearby villages of Simeonovo, Dragalevtsi and Bistritsa, as well as those in the Boyana residential district, to be the most affect, as they are the biggest users of coal and wood heating installations.


"The launching of the second line of Sofia's metro has contributed to the improvement of the air quality in the city and we are working to open a third line soon," Ms. Fandakova went on.


In her words, ninety percent of the city buses in Sofia have been replaced with new, more environmentally friendly ones.


In the near future the municipality is planning to purchase 13 new trams and 20 electrical buses.



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