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New government of North Macedonia will have to ban imports of sub-EURO 5 vehicles

A year has passed since the North Macedonia Minister of Economy Kreshnik Bekteshi stated that the import of used cars in North Macedonia below the EURO 5 standard for gas emissions will be banned. He announced that the ban of cars older than 10 years will start in 2021, but toward the end of last year, the Ministry of...

Solar collectors could replace wood-burning stoves, help fight air pollution and could provide for cheaper electricity

The global energy crisis, which caused enormous rise of the prices of the electric and the heat energy, activated the red alarm for the citizens of North Macedonia. The questions about the amount of the electricity bills starting from the 1st of January 2022, accompanied by the speculations that there will be power rationing measures, drove the the citizens...

Due to air pollution, Skopje’s Lisiche very dangerous to live in

The level of the air pollution in Skopje during October and November of 2021 was lower compared to the same period in 2020. Concerning the PM 10 and PM 2.5 particles during this past autumn, there is a trend of their decline, while the carbon monoxide and the nitric oxide were within the normal limits. The scope of the...

Tender for implementation of a Bus Rapid Transit in Skopje announced

Three days before the second round of the local elections in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, the mayor of Skopje Petre Shilegov announced the call for tender for implementation of the the Bus Rapid Transit - BRT. The tender procedure follows after the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has approved a loan for the implementation of the Bus...

EU requests bigger money contributions to the fight against the air pollution in North Macedonia

European Commission's latest report about North Macedonia and its reforms clearly stresses that North Macedonia should increase the assetsthat are allocated on national and local levels to decrease air pollution. "...limited implemention and ressources, weak inter-sectoral cooperation and coordination between central and local authorities limits the impact of measures to reduce air pollution. Air pollution in major cities remains a...

Environmental tax on fuel stranded in Parliament of North Macedonia, number of diesel vehicles has risen by 160.000 in 8 years

Notwithstanding the announcements that the environmental tax on fuels will be implemented in North Macedonia from the 1st of July, until today the tax still wasn't introduced and there are no announcements that an additional rise in fuel prices will happen in the forthcoming period. Environmental tax was announced for diesel, gasoline and other petroleum products. This, reportedly, should...

No electricity price hikes in North Macedonia expected, but there will be coal imports

There is no reason for panic among Macedonian citizens regarding the price of the electricity during the forthcoming months, said the Energy Regulatory Commission of the Republic of North Macedonia. Throughout Europe, the price of electricity at Holland's market has climbed from 16 EUR for MGw/h in January up to 98 EUR for MGw/h toward the end of September, Politico...

The world is banning the plastic bags, while we still discuss if their prices should go up!

While the world is completely banning the single-use plastic and the plastic bags, in North Macedonia there are still debates whether to increase their prices in the supermarkets and if that can help to decrease the waste production. Civic organizations call the municipalities to account and say that even the best laws are in vain if the local self-government...

Skopje “celebrates” European Mobility Week with one million passengers less in the public transportation

Activities for marking the European Mobility Week have been taking place in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia these days, but along comes defeating data about how people are practising the sustainable urban mobility in their everyday trips. According to the latest data provided by JSP - Skopje, the capital's public transportation during the first half of the year transported...

North Macedonia last year invested €8 million in air quality protection, industry’s share was €1.3 million

Even though the air pollution in North Macedonia is a hot topic, the investments in air protection are scarce. Last year, around €8 million were registered as expenditures and investments in air quality protection, show the latest data provided by the State Statistical Office (SSO). The industry and the specialized producers throughout the country have invested in MKD 124,558,000...

The young should go into education for green jobs, qualified personnel lacking in all industries

The energy efficiency, the renewable sources of energy, the construction engineering, the agriculture, the waste treatment and the natural resources conservation are some of the areas that in the last few years have been creating a large number of green jobs. The concepts of sustainability and the circular economy are becoming part of almost every aspect of the everyday...

In single decade in North Macedonia 150,000 registered vehicles more, most of them pre-owned

From 350,762 registered vehicles in 2012 up to 500,633 vehicles with North Macedonia registry plates last year! In less than a decade, the number of vehicles traversing North Macedonia's roads has increased by 150,000. What is causing a great concern is that these are mostly older vehicles which are heavy polluters. The national data provided by the State Statistical Office...

Number of households in North Macedonia with cars twice bigger than those with bicycles

The statistics shows that the number of households that own a car is more than double the number of households with at least one bike. According to the data provided by the State Statistical Office (SSO), only 30.7% of the Macedonian households has owned a bicycle in 2020. This number is by 2.8% less compared to 2019, and owning...

Improving air quality in Skopje needs more assets and stricter controls

In order to see tangible improvement of the air quality in Skopje in 2 to 3 years, bold and all-encompassing activities for solving the problem with air pollution are necessary, not just some minor assets from the budgets allocated each year for this purpose. The priority should be the decrease of the pollution with PM particles, and those that...

Government of North Macedonia approves cleanup of the Small lindane depot at OHIS

During its session on Tuesday, the Government of North Macedonia approved the plan for  cleaning up the smaller depot with lindane in the OHIS plant's yard. Five decades since thousands of tons of lindane (carcinogenic insecticide) were buried in the yard of this former chemical giant in the times of former Yugoslavia, its cleanup should finally start. Even though the...

Import of used vehicles below EURO 5 standard into North Macedonia continues

The import of used vehicles below the EURO 5 standard for emission of gases will continue in North Macedonia in the next several months. The Ministry of Economy has no decisive date when the rule books containing new technical requirements and specifications for the import of vehicles from abroad will be changed nor has it determined a deadline when...

Unless all four depots are cleaned, the lindane in OHIS will forever pose a threat to Skopje

Over 13 000 tons of dangerous lindane lay in the Small depot in the former chemical factory OHIS at the outskirts of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. But there are four times more (over 50 000 tons) in the Big depot and still unknown quantities of the toxic chemical, presumably in the ranges of thousands of tons, lay...

Balkans United for Clean Air: The public pressure a key tool to get information about air quality

The local and state institutions must inform the citizens in a timely manner, similarly to when the water quality in the supply system drops, or when the solar ultraviolet radiation increases. The public pressure remains a crucial factor in improving the monitoring system and fulfilling one's right to be informed about the pollution levels, stress the Balkans environmental organizations...

Everyone is talking about air pollution, but hardly anyone uses electric vehicles

Car usage in North Macedonia is on constant rise, while people's interest in using public transportation in urban settings is in huge decline, causing decline of numbers of passengers in the intercity trains and buses. The rate of the motorization in 2019 has reached 205.2 passenger vehicles to 1.000 citizens, even though in the previous decade, over 80% ...

Auditors say steps taken in past three years didn’t reduce air pollution in North Macedonia

Although a positive step, the activities toward reducing the air pollution in North Macedonia which were undertaken in the past three years did not reach the set goals and did not provide the desired effect, declares the State Audit Office - SAO of North Macedonia in its final audit report on the monitoring of the recommendations given by the...