Independent network of devices set by WWF measure air quality
Employees of "BaikalEkoAction", regional non-governmental organization of the Republic of Buryatia, shared the first results of monitoring the level of air pollution in Ulan-Ude using sensors’ devices installed in some districts of the city.
The air quality monitoring network of seventeen sensors in Ulan-Ude was installed in the different part of the city was installed in December 2020 as part of the WWF-Russia project "People for Nature", implemented with the support of the European Union.
According to Svetlana Ivanova, head of the BaikalEkoAction NGO, the sensor readings prove the poor air quality in Ulan-Ude. Experts identified the particular parts of the city where emissions are recorded regularly, and tentatively name the sources of pollution.
Eco-activists registered a daily increase of the air pollution by solid particles from 7 P.M. This corresponds with the emissions from private sector stoves when residents return home and start heating stoves in their homes. Today, project’s leaders have previously identified the alleged industrial sources of pollution on the streets: Ermakovskaya, Babushkina, Ivolginsky lane, in the village of Sotnikovo.
Interim data from the monitoring network of social activists were transferred to the East Baikal Environmental Prosecutor's Office with a proposal to check emissions of the alleged sources - industrial facilities and small boiler houses in the main areas where there is an atypical increase in emissions at night.
To reduce the level of air pollution in Ulan-Ude, the social and ecological foundation "BaikalEcoAction" NGO proposes: to control emissions from small boiler houses, to inform the population about the problem of air pollution, to ensure the development of heat and power grids, to develop a belt of green spaces around the city, to regulate the further development of urban planning, from the dense infill development of the city, not provided with the standard area of green spaces.
The People for Nature project is implemented by WWF Russia with the support of the European Union and aims to engage a wide range of stakeholders in environmental protection. The project will be carried out in 2019-2022. Its tasks are as follows: preservation of forests by preventing degradation and illegal use of forests, as well as reducing the negative impact of industry on the environment by reducing air pollution and increasing the environmental responsibility of business.