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Monday, 28 January 2019 13:00

Air protection – a priority of Georgia’s green policy

Air protection – a priority of Georgia’s green policy

“Protecting atmospheric air is one of the crucial directions of our green policy. The Government's green policy is a long-term vision of the country's development”, Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze said, Caspian Energy News ( reports with reference to the press office of the Prime Minister of Georgia.

“In terms of air pollution, Tbilisi is naturally most problematic, given its overpopulation and excessive number of cars. This is why a significant portion of green policy involves concrete measures for protecting air. Our updated Government Program dedicates a special place to air protection policy, which means the adoption of regulations based on European and international practices and a variety of far-reaching reforms. Concrete steps have already been taken toward protecting from air pollution, and this process will surely continue”, the head of government added.

“As you know, improving fuel quality is one of the mandatory preconditions for staving off air pollution. In 2017, we introduced a higher fuel standard, Euro 5. At the end of last year, the Government adopted new regulations and, on January 1, 2019, the quality of diesel matched Euro 4, while on January 1, 2020, Georgia will switch to Euro 5. Along with improving diesel standards, in 2019, control for sulfur content compliance with norms will be launched. Next year, we will start large-scale inspections”, Mamuka Bakhtadze said.

According to Mamuka Bakhtadze, in cooperation with the Tbilisi City Hall, the Government has developed a 40-point plan for bettering air quality. The plan defines concrete effective measures actively pursued by every agency.

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Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 

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