Billions of Tugrik has been spent on inventions like smokeless stoves or double covering of yurt in order to mitigate pollutions in Ulaanbaatar city, a long-time issue for the city. But no concrete result has been seen yet because of a stagnant condition of actions in housing and infrastructure programs for ger areas which are the main producers of air pollution in the city.
Inventions, special items or tools to reduce the pollutions are apparently helpless, so B.Chimegtsetseg, general-director of the Ultrasonic LLC, has given an interview, talking about her suggestions to progress technologies for gers (yurt) and houses. Having 17-year of experience in green technologies, the company imports the most up-to-date technologies of heating, pipelines and sewage from Germany.
- There is a desperate need to tackle air, soil and water pollutions in Ulaanbaatar city where almost half of the country’s population reside. In your opinion, what issue should we focus on?
- Our company has been studying the causes of pollutions and the solutions to tackle the problem over the past 20 years. We feel that it is now time to start tangible actions instead of talking about. In order to abolish the pollutions, we actually need to change out mindset. Countries tend to cherish the green future and green consumptions, and Mongolia also intends to become an eco-nation. However, the understanding about eco-technologies is still at a very low level amongst the Mongolian population. It is going to be a distant dream for Ulaanbaatar to become a green city, if governmental actions do not start promptly. Businesspeople and residents want three things from the government.
The first one is to support the most recent progressive technologies to reduce the air and soil pollutions. Those people who purchase eco-technologies should be supported financially. In other words, there is a way to fight the pollutions through an encouragement policy. Moreover, relevant laws and regulations must be strongly maintained.
Second, it is challenging to find families without bank debts. The majority of families are stuck with credit to lease houses, apartments, vehicles and tuition fees. It is therefore really difficult to invest in the latest technologies. For this reason, we are urging the government to set up a foundation to reduce air and soil pollutions, which will offer interest-free loans. This is probably what everybody wants.
Third, the governmental tenders have no fruitful effects to individuals, and we wish this false system stopped. Worthless thing always creates worthless result.
- That’s right. What is your opinion about an issue that should be considered next?
- Today, western European countries are transforming to renewable energy. Meanwhile, Mongolians still use electric stoves and steam boilers. In Ulaanbaatar alone, over 3,000 steam boilers are being operated, so we now have to consider to upgrading them. In order to accelerate our development, it is time to adopt renewable energy choices that will contribute to the economic growth and reduce costs. I believe that Ulaanbaatar city can easily eliminate the pollutions in a short period, by developing good collaboration among the private sector, the government and the citizens.
- Your company has introduced in Mongolia the latest technologies to reduce air and soil pollutions. Please tell us your view about the delivery of your products?
- An era is coming to us to perform a system renovation based on progressive technologies. Our company has been importing the most up-to-date and effective and eco-friendly technologies and new solutions for renewable energy producing. Governmental support is needed to boost consumption.
Mongolia last year approved a national program on energy saving for 2018-2020. We are glad for this program, but we need to realize it promptly and well.
- By the way, is it possible to use the technologies imported by your company for newly constructed buildings here? Do the standards fit for them?
- Mongolia still maintains old standards, so we need to upgrade the standards used since 1960s. I think it is good to use directly the standards, especially those used in western European countries, just instead of creating our own standards.
- Thank you for the interview.
Source: Invest Pro Mongolia #1 (2018)