Ulaanbaatar officials say 11 billion MNT will be spent on addressing air pollution

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This year, Mongolia is estimated to spend more than 11 billion MNT on air pollution projects, with 600 million MNT dedicated to air pollution research.

Unuudur Newspaper reports that five billion MNT from the state budget, 3.15 million MNT from the Ulaanbaatar city budget, and 2.6 million USD (approximately 6.45 billion MNT) from the Ulaanbaatar Clean Air Project will be spent on combatting air pollution in Mongolia.

Ulaanbaatar authorities say they are planning to spend 600 million MNT on studying the impact of air pollution on public health; one billion MNT will be spent on promoting the use of Monwatt LLC’s Tulgat stoves; 400 million MNT will be spent on a project led by the Ulaanbaatar Environmental Department to build green facilities and support forestry management; and 1.15 billion MNT will be spent on the technological upgrade of a laboratory that analyzes air quality.

Reportedly, the Tulgat stove’s electrical functions can be fully recharged within 10 hours and can provide heat for 24 hours.

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  1. Why waste more time/money on research that’s already been done and conclusions reached?
    Extensive research by World Bank on UB’s biggest contribution to its pollution was from heating stoves necessary between September and April. 95% of UB’s population surveyed agreed with its findings. You can read it at http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/339891468247270369/Mongolia-Heating-in-poor-peri-urban-ger-areas-of-Ulaanbaatar where graphs of various fuel efficiencies/emissions together with analysis of public use trends related to disposable income all play a significant part. The report provided evidence for briquettes – coal mixed with dung, or sawdust, being highly regarded as a way of reducing pollution, together with more effcient stoves, especially where no electric power is either available or affordable.
    Download the PDF, as it contains extensive graphs/analyses that explicitly sum up UB’s pollution problems.

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