Electric vehicles are a clean future for Moscow

Conscious attitude towards natural resources and environmental responsibility is what distinguishes a citizen of the 21st century. It is not fashionable today to take care only of oneself; one must also take care of nature. Separate garbage collection, recycling of old clothes, going to the store with a reusable shopping bag and abandoning daily car trips – all this is becoming the norm for today’s youth. Anton Kulbachevsky, head of the Moscow Department of Natural Resources, confirmed that Moscow is showing good environmental performance.

Conscious attitude towards natural resources and environmental responsibility is what distinguishes a citizen of the 21st century. It is not fashionable today to take care only of oneself; one must also take care of nature. Separate garbage collection, recycling of old clothes, going to the store with a reusable shopping bag and abandoning daily car trips – all this is becoming the norm for today’s youth. Anton Kulbachevsky, head of the Moscow Department of Natural Resources, confirmed that Moscow is showing good environmental performance.

Today’s topical issue: import substitution. “The sanctions imposed on Russia will have no effect on the quality of air monitoring in Moscow, as most meteorological stations are domestically produced,” Kulbachevsky said.

“We have more than 300 high-precision gas analyzers and more than 70 meteorological stations in Moscow. Most of these devices are Russian. We have been cooperating with Russian manufacturers for a long time. “Within a year and a half, we will quietly replace the imported instrument parts with domestic ones”, he explained. According to Kulbachevsky, the sanctions will also not affect Moscow gardening, as most of the seedlings are grown in Russian nurseries.

The main scourge of the modern metropolis is the harmful emissions from transport: no local initiative will help until this problem is solved. According to Anton Kulbachevsky, the most important condition for the Muscovites to move to environmentally friendly transport is the creation of affordable, low-cost electric vehicles.

“Today, more than 1,000 electric buses are already circulating on the streets of the capital. I think doing the same for personal transport will not be a big problem. I hope that in the near future we will start the production of electric vehicles. I believe that our engineers and technologists will arrange this business. The second issue is the charging system for electric vehicles. There are now 124 charging stations in Moscow. That’s already a lot, but ideally it should be 600. In the coming years, we want to implement this program. The next problem is the operation in winter. We know how the equipment behaves in the cold. “The phone can be discharged in minutes,” says Kulbachevsky.

Everything will be done with the utmost precision for the citizens. It is psychologically difficult for a person to switch from a fuel engine to an electric one at the same time, believes the head of the department, so everything should be done as usual. According to the most optimistic forecasts, by 2030 the number of owners of such vehicles will increase tenfold. By then, perhaps a new generation of drivers has matured and taken to the streets – these twenty-first century kids for whom the electric car will no longer be a curiosity.

However, even without electric vehicles, the volume of harmful emissions into the air in Moscow has been reduced by almost 60% in the last 12 years, this has been achieved thanks to the optimization and shutdown of companies that are sources of such waste. For example, the content of petroleum products was reduced by 50% in water bodies. The volume of sewage discharge has been reduced by more than 20%.







“I would like to note that in recent years the participation of citizens in ecological projects is increasing. “Last year, 300,000 people took part in 15,000 events,” said Anton Kulbachevsky.

Caring for nature and the environment can not be imagined without the care of animals. Every year, the Muscovites pay more and more attention to the beautiful birds that can be seen in the natural areas of our city. The birds are admired and cared for. Recently, 20 birds were released into their native habitat on the territory of the Troitsky district of Moscow – a crow, a long-haired owl, a brown owl, a hawk, a mallard duck, a duck owl, a duck owl, a duck . Some of these birds are rare, endangered and vulnerable species mentioned in the Moscow Red Book.

“All the birds we release came to us at the request of the Muscovites. The Rehabilitation Center provided the necessary assistance and prepared them for life in natural conditions. The most important principle of adaptation is the minimum contact with a person, it is practically excluded. “There are some programs that help birds regain their instinct, such as hunting,” explained the head of the department.

The state of Moscow fauna inspires optimism: for example, in late May 2022, chewing gum chicks hatched in the natural areas of the capital, observed in the natural and historical park Izmailovo and in the nature of the valley of the river Setun Reserve. These birds got their name from their love of mountain ash: they are often seen eating red berries. Also, in addition to mountain ash, they respect hawthorn, small apples, various insects, spiders.

In the valley of the Setun River and its tributaries in the Novo-Peredelkino region and adjacent areas, in the Aleshkinsky forest of the Tushinsky Natural and Historical Park, Mospriroda experts recorded a hare. It is included in the Moscow Red Book in the 1st category of rarity. Sometimes hares are also found in the natural and historical parks of Izmailovo, Kuzminki-Lublino, Kosinsky, Sokolniki, Moskvoretsky, Bitsevsky, in the Terletsky Forest Park, in the Dolgie Prudy fauna and in other natural areas of Moscow. There are two species of hares with red ears living in the capital: the European hare and the white hare. Both hares are gray in summer, but experts can distinguish them: the hare is usually larger in size than the hare, the hare’s hind legs and ears are closer than the hare. The white hare lives mainly among dense trees, while the hare prefers open spaces.

Well, one of the most pressing issues in early June, of course, is the little ducklings. Water body owners are advised to arrange a descent into the water for the duck offspring, otherwise the chicks will not be able to get out of the water body on land – such reports often come from concerned Muscovites. In tanks with high concrete banks, gentle duck outlets should be provided. If you notice a duck family – do not disturb the birds. You must not touch or pick them up, as they may be damaged. Seeing ducklings in a pond, even without a mother duck, you should not take action, it is probably close and watching the offspring. If the bird is injured, it needs help, if the ducklings are in a pond where there is no possibility of a slight fall ashore, you should contact the “hot line” of the city: 8-495-777-77-77.

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