\The Government of Mongolia, National Committee for Environmental Pollution Reduction met with CITA representatives today (September 7, 2020) to discuss public awareness and marketing work to be done on the information on carbon monoxide prevention and rational use of refined fuels.
At the beginning of the meeting, The Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia Mr. Sodbaatar. Ya thanked the information and communication branch, and media organizations for supporting public awareness in regards to the Government of Mongolia’s National Committee for Environmental Pollution Reduction’s work to reduce air pollution. He noted that the joint implementation of the work has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in Ulaanbaatar’s air pollution, and plans to move 150,000 households into apartments (in accordance with the ger-to-apartment project), increase refined fuels, build refined fuel plants, upgrade steam boilers and decrease electricity tariffs to 0. The Mongolian Government’s action plan for 2020-2024 aims to reduce air pollution by 80 percent and asked the information and communications branch for cooperation and support.
As part of the aim to reduce air pollution by 80 percent, by launching an advocacy campaign along with the new motto “Follow the Recommendations, Do it Right”. With this framework, a campaign will be held until the end of October to clean chimneys, check fireplace sealing, proper stove firing, do proper ventilation, and increase equal access to refined fuel.
At this time, Ms. Bolor- Erdene.B, chairperson of the Communications and Information Technology Authority, said that air pollution does not only concern people living in ger districts and those who use refined fuels. It is a problem for every citizen. Therefore, the media organizations and operator companies must support the government’s campaign to make sure no one’s life is lost during the cold season, no one is poisoned by carbon monoxide, and work together to reduce air pollution.
All updates on air pollution related and information on air pollution reduction efforts/projects will be posted on the capital city’s media center.
According to a study, an average of 2,500 people are poisoned by carbon monoxide each year, more than 200 people are hospitalized and 15-20 die, due to citizens not cleaning their chimneys, improperly sealing their stove and chimney, failing to install proper ventilation, not knowing how to correctly start a fire, using self-made chimney seals, or turning of smoke detectors. If carbon monoxide poisoning prevention actions are taken, such as public awareness programs and warnings, with the involvement of citizens to decrease air pollution the figures mentioned above could be drastically reduced, preventing many lives from being harmed by carbon monoxide poisoning. They are hoping that these actions would at least save one person’s life.