Sergei Sobyanin: Every year Moscow is getting more environmentally friendly

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Sergei Sobyanin: Every year Moscow is getting more environmentally friendly
Residents of metropolises produce a much smaller ecological footprint compared to those of small settlements.

The volume of carbon dioxide emissions in Moscow decreased by a quarter since 1990, despite increase of the population by a third. And the emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere today are two times lower than 10 years ago. Sergei Sobyanin wrote this in his blog.

“The development of metropolises is not an obstacle, but a key to solving many environmental problems,” said the Moscow Mayor.

According to him, residents of large cities leave a much smaller ecological footprint compared to those of small settlements. This is due to the fact that concentration of the population, the efficiency of energy consumption in megalopolises is much higher than in small towns or villages.

Large projects are being implemented in Moscow to improve the environmental situation. One of them is a large-scale reconstruction of the Moscow Refinery. Thanks to it, the plant reduced the discharge of polluted wastewater into the Moskva River by 99.9 percent and reduced emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere by 2.2 times, and hydrogen sulphide emissions — by 9.6 times.

Moscow is the first Russian region to ban sale of fuel below the Euro-5 ecological class.

The ecological situation is also improving due to new green spaces. Over the past 11 years, more than 10 million trees and shrubs were planted in Moscow.