Zistboom: To combat air pollution in the country, the Clean Air Bill will be submitted to the parliament this week, Massoumeh Ebtekar, the head of Iran’s environmental agency, said in Tehran on Saturday.
Attending a conference titled “Alliance of Civil Society and Officials for the Blue Sky” organized by artists, including cinema producers, directors and actors, Ebtekar elaborated on measures taken by the government to improve air quality, IRNA wrote.
“The approval of an amendment to levy pollution tax on the owners of polluting cars is another step taken by the government to reduce air pollution,” she said, adding that the tax rate depends on the level of pollution produced by the car.
The official noted that the tax collected from the owners of polluting cars will be used for building roads and highways and replacing dilapidated cars.
Ebtekar said the ministries of oil and industries, mines and trade are collaborating to reduce pollution.
“The Oil Ministry has started the distribution of Euro 4 gasoline in Arak, Markazi province, which will soon be extended to other parts of the country,” she said.
Ebtekar said clean drinking water will be provided to people in Ahvaz within the next three days, which is the top priority set by President Hassan Rouhani.
“The Ministry of Industries, Mines and Trade has placed the production of electric and hybrid cars on agenda to control pollution,” she said.
The official emphasized that changes in the country’s fuel consumption patterns will save more energy.
“Fuel consumption is very high and the rate of development is lower in Iran compared to many developed nations,” she said, noting that a revision of Subsidy Reform Plan is needed to change fuel consumption patterns.
Referring to the recent move made by Iranian artists to pay their monthly subsidy for environmental projects, Ebtekar said such civil movements can help preserve the environment.
“Those involved in the field of cinema can play a major role in raising public awareness about environmental concerns via their movies and civil movements,” she said.
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