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Like Broken Record, Bangkok Again Pledges to Raise Air Quality to International Standards

The Chao Phraya River is barely detectable in this view of Khlong Toei Tuesday. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)
The Chao Phraya River is barely detectable in this view of Khlong Toei Tuesday. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

City Hall said – one more time – it intends to address air pollution issues in all areas and work to bring air quality to international standards.

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Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Permanent Secretary Chatree Wattanakhajorn said city hall is planning to raise the PM2.5 safety standard to 37.5 micrograms a cubic meter from the current 50 mg/cm.

The agency also is setting a goal of lowering the capital’s annual PM2.5 rating from 25 to 15 mg/cm, aligning with World Health Organization standards.

To meet these targets, BMA officials will work with other government agencies to prioritize addressing the underlying causes of air pollution.

Bangkok currently has the seventh worst air in the world.

Pollution-control operations will improve to meet new safety standards, and Bangkok residents will be encouraged to take steps such as car maintenance or reducing car usage to help improve air quality.

BMA officials added that Euro 6 exhaust standards will be imposed on cars this year in order to reduce exhaust emissions. Authorities also intend to eliminate the use of oil fuel containing more than 10 parts per million in the Bangkok metropolitan region by 2024.