The Hanoitimes - Currently, Hanoi has put into operation 10 automatic air observation stations, one mobile monitoring vehicle and six surface water monitoring stations.
Motorcycle is the largest source of pollutant emissions in Hanoi, said Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung at a conference on socio-economic development in 2019 held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) on January 8.
Chung emphasized that in the field of environment, from 2016 to 2018, Hanoi approved more than 1,100 reports on environmental impact assessment, 520 projects of environmental protection focused on water pollution treatment at 129 lakes.
The city carried out garbage collection by the way of mechanization, the rate of domestic solid waste collection is 98% in urban districts and 87% in suburban areas, and the rate for hazardous medical waste is 100%, the chairman added.
Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung delivers a speech at the conference
Currently, Hanoi has put into operation 10 automatic air observation stations, one mobile monitoring vehicle and six surface water monitoring stations. The city also built a center for operating and managing environmental resources data and many other modern environmental monitoring technologies and equipment, Chung said.
He noted that the air environment monitoring data in the city is updated continuously 24/7 andwidely published on different media, so that Hanoi's residents know air quality in each area and join hands to protect the environment.
Chung also said that according to survey and research documents, in the total emissions, the emissions from motorcycles make up the highest percentage.
He expected that the Vietnamese government would make policies to curb emissions with appropriate sanctions to prevent and reduce environmental pollution.
Looking into the increase in private vehicles in Hanoi, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi Transport Association Bui Danh Lien pointed out that there is a record growth in Hanoi's private vehicles.
At the end of 2008, Hanoi had 2.2 million vehicles, including 185 thousand cars, but after only 10 years of development, this figure tripled to six million at the end of 2017, including 540,000 cars and 5.4 million motorcycles.
In the first eight months of 2018, the Hanoi Police Department reported that they had registered more than 218,000 new vehicles, including more than 38,000 cars and 170,000 motorcycles.
From the amount of vehicles increased from the beginning of 2018 until now, on average each month, Hanoi has more than 27,000 new cars, motorbikes and electric bicycles hitting the road. That is not to mention 1.2 million vehicles from other provinces in circulation in Hanoi.