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Recession Leads to Emissions Reduction

The quality of air in Thessaloniki has improved considerably lately, as fewer people use their cars, preferring instead to use the public means of transport. Homeowners are also turning on their oil-fired boilers for shorter periods, so as to pay less for their electricity bills.
Monitoring stations did not exceed the pollution levels prescribed by the European Union, according to the municipality’s chief environmental officer, Maximos Petrakakis.
Traffic is estimated to have fallen by 25 per cent and there is a reduction in the use of heating oil. “Declining demand also led to a reduction in industrial output and the closure of some businesses,” said Petrakakis. “The recession has led to a reduction in emissions from the three key sources: transportation, heating and industry.”

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