The city of Nizhny Novgorod has joined the BreatheLife campaign. With the announcement that it will reduce pollutants exceeding the level of concern by 5% by 2024.
The city already has air quality monitoring stations in some regions and air monitoring on request. It plans to increase them, develop air quality standards and set strict targets for emissions of pollutants, punishable by law.
Stations check the air concentrations of dust, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. They also measure temperature, atmospheric pressure and humidity.
According to the data of the cross-regional department of Rosprirodnadzor of the Nizhny Novgorod oblast and the republic of Mordovia, there are more than 40 enterprises with total annual emissions of 49 thousand tons.
The Nizhny Novgorod city has launched the first electric bus on the route of Strigino airport – railway platform, more electric busses will be later provided by Gorky Automobile Plant; installed electric charging stations, with a total of 90 stations planned for both public and urban transport. The largest supplier of thermal energy in Nizhny Novgorod JSC “Teploenergo” made an 8% reduction in the volume of pollutants emissions into the atmosphere by the end of 2019; “GAZ Group” in the same year delivered 56 city buses LiAZ-5292 operating on compressed natural gas. The use of compressed gas as a motor fuel both reduces costs by 40-50% compared to petrol and diesel and improves emission quality.
“Municipal Programme ‘Environmental Protection of the City of Nizhny Novgorod’ for the period 2019-2024, in order to reduce man-made pressure on the environment of the city, the following task is envisaged: reduce by 5% the portion of pollutants exceeding the level of concern (LOC) by 2024,” said mayor Yury Shalabaev.
The Russian Ecological Society, together with the Nizhny Novgorod City Administration, will keep a record about the current environmental measures implemented in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.