TEHRAN — Due to irrational use, the planet has lost its tolerance in recent years, so projects need to proceed more cautiously, and those without environmental impact assessment should not be funded, chief said from the Ministry of the Environment, Ali Salajegheh.
“Today, industrialized nations have understood that to become rich, they must take care of the environment. A country like China, which in recent years has ignored environmental standards, raises the issue of ecological civilization at the Glasgow Summit.
Our people are strong in environmental teachings due to their rich culture, but these values must also be reflected in practice,” he explained.
Referring to environmental standards of industries, he said industries need to pay attention to their footprint in three areas of water, carbon and ecology.
“The condition of water is not favorable and despite the poor condition, it is consumed excessively. In industry, the cost of goods should be based on the price of water consumed. The price of water also varies by region and different prices are considered based on the price of water for the same product.
The world today is heading towards zero carbon. Under a law enacted by the European Union in 2005, the operation of industrial units with non-standard carbon footprints is prohibited. In addition to the commitment to international standards, we must pay attention to national standards, in addition to the implementation of incentive programs and sanctions.
The planet has lost its tolerance and does not have the capacity to survive an irrational withdrawal. Ecosystem capacity assessment and resource assessment have been mainstreamed into the DOE agenda. We emphasize that projects without evaluation should not be funded. The damage these projects cause to the environment is calculated and must be paid to the DOE.
One of the admirable points is that some industries have taken steps to reduce the negative impact on the environment. Some mines felt responsible and realized that if they reduced the production of pollutants, they would have a better economic result and therefore, there would be an increase in income.
With these incentive programs, in addition to introducing environmentally friendly units, we have also tried to identify polluting units and take measures to prevent emissions,” he observed.
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The 5th United Nations Environment Assembly ended today in Nairobi with 14 resolutions aimed at strengthening action for nature to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Assembly is made up of the 193 member states of the UN and meets every two years to advance global environmental governance.
Environment ministers around the world have agreed to create an intergovernmental negotiating committee to forge a legally binding international agreement to end plastic pollution.
Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP, praised Iran’s approach to environmental protection.
Environmental measures and protection of natural resources, waste management and other measures show Iran’s environmental approach, she said.