The Ministry of Electricity has been implementing two projects for fighting the deadly winter air pollution in the capital Ulaanbaatar. According to Electricity Minister Ts.Davaasuren, , a total of 42 thousand homes in the most polluted districts of Ulaanbaatar are to be connected to the electricity grid; households in the Tavan Shar, Bayankhoshuu, Zuragt, Doloon Buudal, Dari-Ekh and Shar Khad districts will now be able to receive 4 kW for heating.
In addition, the Mongolian government has decided to ban the burning of low-grade coal in households in the capital Ulaanbaatar from 1 May, 2019.
The plan is to conduct an ecological ‘revolution’, turning from raw coal and replacing it with 600 thousand tonnes of briquettes, thereby drastically decreasing air pollution. The briquettes will be made from coal powder by Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi and will be sold at the same price as the raw coal currently used. Currently, the plant is capacity of producing 200 thousand tonnes of briquettes in a year.
About 202 thousand households in the ger districts of Ulaanbaatar burn 1.1 million tons of raw coal each winter, which produce around 80 percent of the smog which envelopes the city.