Minister: The air has been POLLUTED from before, it was just NOT TALKED about
The Minister of Environmental Protection, Irena Vujović, stated that the state is determined to solve the problems with excessive pollution, adding that this problem has existed for several decades in Serbia, only “it has not been talked about enough before”.
The Minister points out that we have problems with air pollution every heating season, but she states that this is not a recent problem. “For the first time, the state is determined to solve the problems with excessive pollution that takes place in certain cities”, Vujovic told RTS.
She pointed out that in the previous year, significant funds were allocated for the competition against air pollution, as well as that the city boiler rooms at public institutions – schools, kindergartens, sports halls – were changed.
“This is what is underway – Valjevo, Smederevo, Kragujevac, Novi Pazar, Kosjeric, all these are cities where works on replacing boiler rooms are currently underway, and those cities will switch to more environmentally friendly energy sources,” Vujovic added. that investments are underway in Belgrade as well.
“Of course we can’t solve these problems in a day and it takes a lot of investment and time”, the minister said.
In addition to the competition and co-financing for the replacement of boilers in public institutions, Vujović points out that it is important that this also applies to private households, ie individual furnaces which are also one of the biggest polluters.
“We also provide subsidies, and that is one of the ways to help citizens, above all, to raise awareness of the importance of the quality of the environment, but also to help financially wherever we can,” said the minister.
In addition, she emphasized that afforestation is an extremely important thing in reducing air pollution.
“But the most important thing is that we are waiting for the adoption of the Program with an action plan for the period from 2022 to 2030, in which a set of measures and costs and deadlines for improving air quality in Serbia will be clearly defined,” Vujovic concluded.
Former Minister: Traffic is also important
Former Minister of Environmental Protection Goran Trivan says for H1 that we cannot get cleaner air overnight and that it takes at least five years, provided that much more is invested in the environment.
“In Belgrade, we must stop the relentless construction and expansion of Belgrade inwards, we have built gorges with the construction, there is no more that ventilation, that is an absolutely true fact,” says Trivan and points out that “when we have peaks, traffic is also important.”
The predecessor of Minister Vujović claims that the official data of the Environmental Protection Agency is not accurate, according to which only six percent of traffic participates in air pollution.
“I say that traffic is a far bigger polluter, one of the key ones. The agency needs to change the methodology for comparing parameters. If someone says that with 500,000 cars in Belgrade, we pollute only 6 percent, that is not true. Summer pollution is not much less than in winter, what is the cause? ”Trivan asks.
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Source: Agencies, RTS, N1
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