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Emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere in the Sakhalin region over five years decreased by 35 percent

Emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere in the Sakhalin region since 2009 have decreased by 35 percent. According to the press service of the regional administration, the state of the environment was discussed at a meeting of the regional government chaired by Governor Alexander Khoroshavin.

The head of Sakhalin stressed that improving the ecological situation on the territory of Sakhalin and the Kuriles is one of the most serious tasks of the regional authorities, important both in terms of protecting the unique nature of the islands and preserving the health of citizens. In this respect, the Action Plan for the implementation of the framework of state policy in the sphere of ecology and environmental protection for the period up to 2030 year has become an effective tool.

As part of its implementation, the Sakhalin Region has maintained a positive trend in reducing total emissions of harmful substances. According to the summary indicators of the state of the environment in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation per unit of GRP, the region occupies 1 place in the Far Eastern Federal District for the least amount of pollutant emissions into the atmospheric air.

“It should be noted that the reduction in emissions is due to stationary sources, which we have converted to gas. I mean Yuzhno-Sakhalinskaya CHPP-1, other thermal power facilities, such as municipal boiler houses and a number of industrial enterprises in the region. With regard to emissions from vehicles, in 2013 their level increased by 6% compared to the previous year. We are working on this problem in detail, ”the governor said.

At the end of 2013, a program to convert motor vehicles and agricultural equipment to gas fuel was approved on Sakhalin. The government of the Sakhalin Oblast has entered into Agreements with Gazprom and Rosneft to coordinate actions in the construction of gas filling stations and transfer enterprises to compressed gas. In addition, since 1 January 2014, for such vehicles, a benefit has been established in the form of a two-fold reduction in vehicle tax rates.

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