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Macedonia to ban coal for home heating by 2020, says deputy minister

Macedonia to ban coal for home heating by 2020, says deputy minister

Skopje, 17 November 2017 (MIA) - Macedonia by 2020 will ban coal to be used as fuel for heating homes, said Deputy Environment Minister Jani Makraduli, who is taking part at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn.

"Two thirds of air pollution in Skopje comes as a result of home heating, i.e. inadequate use of materials. Thus, it becomes a priority of the government to find a solution," Makraduli told Deutsche Welle in Macedonian.

Some data show that as many as 100 households in downtown Skopje use coal for heating. Also, in many households wood of poor quality and other harmful materials are used for heating, according to him

We are all breathing the same air, we are all interested in reducing pollution that can be achieved only through a coordinated approach and with long-term measures, which should be launched immediately, he said.

Makraduli said he expected all measures, both short- and long-term measures, to reduce pollution 'to some extent.' ba/18:45

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