On 22 October 2020 Stara Zagora municipality held a roundable, dedicated to ambient air quality.
During the roundtable the Director of the “Ecology and Forestry” Department at Stara Zagora municipality Margarita Georgieva explained to the participants that two more control stations will be measuring the emissions of PM10 and PM2.5 in Stara Zagora. They are located in the “Zheleznik” locality, “Ivan Pashinov” str. 16 and on “Slavyanski” blvd., 2. The stations have already been installed and will be brought into operation very shortly.
Bozhana Dimitrova, senior expert at the “Ecology and Forestry” Department provided the details about the progress in the implementation of Integrated Project “Bulgarian Municipalities Working Together to Improve Air Quality” under the Program LIFE. The objective of the project is staged transition of the households from heating using wood and/or coal towards alternative environmentally-friendly forms of household heating. The projected reduction of the emissions of PM10 (particulate matter) by the target municipalities is to the amount 15.6 tons/year, distributed as follows: a 1.2 tons/year reduction as a result of the implementation of the pilot transition (encompassing a total of 67 households) towards alternative forms of household heating and a further reduction of emissions to the amount of 14.4 tons/year as result of the implementation of the main project phase, which will encompass 957 more households.
A representative sociological study of the population was conducted within the framework of the project. During that survey, more than 1300 citizens evaluated the ambient air quality in the city. A total of 16.8% of the population of Stara Zagora uses wood and coal for household heating, which is a comparatively small share. The conducted analysis shows that more than half of the surveyed citizens support the prohibition of the use of wood and coal for the purposes of household heating in cities with worsened ambient air quality.
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