Smoke-free stove project update
It’s been already two years since smoke-free stoves appeared in the Mongolian market. For the time being, 120,000 households have purchased the stove. Once 45,000 more smoke-free stoves are sold this year, around 90 percent of the 180,000 households in ger district areas will have acquired the stove.
As part of the “Ulaanbaatar Clean Air” project financed by the Government of Mongolia and the World Bank, smoke-free stove sales resumed on September 16. Minister of Nature, Environment and Green Development, S.Oyun; Chief of the National Committee for Reducing Air Pollution, P.Tsagaan; Chief of the Ulaanbaatar City Representative’s Council, D.Battulga; and Resident Representative of the World Bank to Mongolia, Coralie Gevers, attended the start of this season’s sale.
The smoke-free stove project now offers four types of stoves to six central districts of Ulaanbaatar. Apart from Ulzii and Dul stoves, Talst stoves by Elmeko LLC, and the Bekas 107 by Ikh Tengeryn Khuch LLC have passed laboratory evaluations and acquired a permit to be sold to citizens.
The structure of the Talst stove is the result of Mongolian engineering and domestic raw materials. Talst stove manufacturers claim that the stove is the most suitable for ger use, as it is able to heat even the biggest traditional pot.
Citizens are able to buy the stoves for 29,000 to 36,000 MNT, which is 93 percent cheaper than their original price. Full financing for the project is 17 billion MNT, and 50 percent of it will be provided by a soft loan from the World Bank. Coralie Gevers said that the project results will be announced in May 2014.
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