Governor: Air pollution in Tehran - a great problem

Iran Materials 23 September 2013 12:52 (UTC +04:00)

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Tehran's air pollution and the use old cars are the capital's two major problems that should be addressed as soon as possible, Tehran's governor Seyyed Hossein Hashemi said on Monday.

"One body can't deal with Tehran's air pollution, so all the related organizations should cooperate to solve it," the Fars News Agency quoted Hashemi as saying.

"The fuels used in cars and homes should also be studied," he said.

The air over Iran's capital is amongst the most polluted in the world. Experts say many Iranians suffer serious health problems as a result.

Motor vehicles account for 70 percent of pollution in the Iranian capital. Low quality gasoline and diesel is partially responsible for the problem.

Officials say all car makers should be obliged to manufacture vehicles meeting Euro-4 and Euro-5 standards.

Iran currently produces 14 million litres of Euro-4 and Euro-5 gasoline per day. The amount will reach 22 million once the RFCC unit of Shazand oil refinery comes on stream.