The Ulaanbaatar City Administration has been implementing the Clean-Air Project since 2012 with soft loan funding worth USD15 million from the World Bank. The project aims to enable residents in ger areas to access heating appliances producing less particulate matter emissions and to further develop medium-term particulate matter abatement measures in Ulaanbaatar in coordination with development partners.
On 13 December, Mongolian Finance Minister Ch.Khurelbaatar, Ulaanbaatar City Mayor S.Amarsaikhan and the World Bank’s Country Manager for Mongolia Andrei Mikhnev signed an agreement on additional financing for the project.
“With the additional financing of a soft loan worth USD12 million, city-owned heating boilers will be removed and storage heaters will be distributed to up to 5000 households. As a result, it is expected to make a contribution in improving air quality of the capital city”, said the mayor.
In addition, the ‘Insulation Campaign’ will be conducted further with the expectation of decreased subsidy on energy consumption, increased public knowledge on techniques to warm up their homes, reduction of fuel use up to 50 percent and saving on family budget.
Ulaanbaatar-Clean Air project will be implemented in coordination with the Infrastructure Centre in ger districts and provide the possibility to some 200 households to live in comfortable houses.