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Iran's Clean Air Day: Ebtekar vows no leniency for polluting industries

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - The Department of Environment spares no leniency for polluting industries, the department's chief Masoumeh Ebtekar said on Sunday. Addressing a gathering on the occasion of the "Clean Air Day" in Tehran on Sunday, Ebtekar also admitted that the metropolis of Tehran is still grappling with heavy air pollution.

Masoumeh Ebtekar, Head of Iran's Department of Environment
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She said the organization under her leadership is negotiating to stop the sale of low quality petrol and replace it with petrol produced based on Euro 4 standard.

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Clean Air Day rally by students in Tehran
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Iran to offer incentives for using electric cars

Ebtekar also spoke of incentives for using electric vehicles as the first Iranian-made electric car Sarina was unveiled on the sidelines of the ceremony marking Clean Air Day.

She told reporters that the organization is making endeavors to offer loans and other incentives for facilitating the purchase and use of electric vehicles.

Ebtekar added, "Combating air pollution particularly in major cities requires the imposition of much stricter standards."

A view of Tehran on Clean Air Day!
(photo by Amin Jalali, Islamic Republic News Agency)

Mohammad Taghi Khanlou, the CEO of Diar Khodro Manufacturing Co. that produced Sabrina, also told reporters that based on a number of agreements made between car manufacturers and the ministries of oil and energy, electric cars would be soon deployed in the country's taxicab fleets.

Related Photos: President Rohani riding Tehran's Metro on Clean Air Day
(photos by Islamic Republic News Agency)


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