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    Petition "Clean Air in Ukraine"

    Before signing this petition, try to hold your breath for 5 minutes. Have you tried? Easy?

    Addressees of the petition:
    Parliament of Ukraine Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management
    Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources
    Ministry of Health
    Regional state administrations, regional councils, local governments

    Atmospheric air remained the only free natural resource. The composition of any product and information about its manufacturer is provided on the packaging of this product. So you can quickly understand what you are planning to put in your mouth. We consume air every minute, but we have no idea about its composition. We are forced to consume it as it is in our cities.

    We do not have the ability to choose air quality, we are limited in this choice, although we have the right to know about its composition, because it directly affects our health and life.
    Humans are different from other living beings on planet Earth because they have a choice. Air quality depends on our choice today.

    Air pollution is one of the key threats to the environment and human health of present and future generations. According to the World Health Organization, polluted air can lead to premature death and cause birth defects in infants.

    The main source of air pollution is outdated technologies used in heavy industry - coal-fired power plants, metallurgical or chemical plants. The example of the EU shows that change is possible and that the economy can be greener and more accountable to citizens. At present, we are forced to pay for the profits of several industrial oligarchs for the health of millions of people.

    Don't choose between air pollution and health, choose clean air and demand with us:

    1. Develop and implement an updated independent, reliable system of integrated state air monitoring.
      Concentrate monitoring management in the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources with adequate funding. The results of monitoring should be published in the public space (Internet) in the form of primary data, as well as averaged over observation stations, zones and agglomerations. Develop and implement a system of operational warning, warning and regulation of smog.
    2. Introduce an open register of permits.
      The current procedure for obtaining permits for pollutant emissions is outdated compared to the current procedure for environmental impact assessment and access to related information. At present, the procedure for placing information contained in emission permits by enterprises is not legally established and regulated. Such a gap significantly restricts everyone's right to free access to environmental information, as required by the Aarhus Convention, and limits the opportunities for citizens to participate in environmental decision-making.
    3. Update environmental decision-making procedures
      The results of air monitoring should be the basis for issuing emission permits, reviewing and revoking permits and developing air quality control measures.

    Petition authors:
    Clean air for Ukraine
    Anna Ambrosova - Stop poisoning Kryvyi Rih
    Iryna Pirohova - All-Ukrainian Ecological League, Zaporizhia
    Maksym Soroka - expert on air pollution, Dnipro
    Olesya Kramarenko - Dzyga, Zaporizhia
    Olena Shafranova - PravoE, Kryvyi Rih

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      10 tips for health

      The most crucial thing when staying in areas with polluted air is to protect one's health. In the event of a smog situation, reduce outdoor activities. It is a matter of course to exclude any sport or outdoor games for kids. Do not ventilate excessively. Wearing a mask can protect you against fine particles.

      But how can one recognize a critical smog situation? That's a problem here.

      In European Union countries, the state provides continuous air quality measurement, whereas in Ukraine, responsibility is scattered across different authorities, and the information is usually unavailable to the general public. Ask at your municipality and demand that the city ensures air monitoring.

      Along with access to information, it is essential to enforce progressive legal rules and demand that industrial companies invest part of their profits in the modernization of obsolete technologies and observe the limitations in force. This is exactly what public organizations do in almost every industrial city. And you can support the initiative in your municipality.

      1) Regularly follow the quality of air in your city on the website

      2) In the event of severe air pollution, reduce outdoor activities to a minimum.

      3) Reduce airing and the opening of windows. Ventilate for just a short time.

      4) If you feel any health problems, do not postpone visiting your doctor and asking for a medical report.

      5) Consider installing an AirFreshMax station. The more stations that are utilized, the more accurate the data on air quality will be.

      6) Don't burn grass and leaves. Do not light an open fire.

      7) Do not use poor-quality coal for heating, and do not incinerate waste in a heater.

      8) Join the petition "Clean Air in Ukraine".

      9) Ask the municipality of your city to inform the citizens and solve the problem.

      10) Support environmental non-governmental organizations based in your city.

        Check your air with AirFreshMax monitoring station:

        AirFreshMax is a new generation air pollution monitoring station based on the "citizen science" concept, which is becoming popular all over the world. Where the state doesn't fulfil its responsibilities, citizens assume responsibility and do what needs to be done.

        The AirFreshMax air quality monitoring station is a device that allows monitoring and recording of the state of the ambient air, namely indicators of temperature, humidity and dust concentration PM2.5 and PM10 in real time. In addition to dust microparticles (PM2.5 and PM10), AirFreshMax monitors the concentration of carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ammonia (NH3), ground-level ozone (O3) and volatile organic compounds (TVOC, VVOC).

        The AirFreshMax monitoring station was developed by experts from Ukrainian NGOs and is manufactured directly in Ukraine as part of social entrepreneurship. The AirFreshMax monitoring station is an improved version of the Oxygen station and provides an opportunity for every citizen to assess the content of the most common substances dangerous to human health in the air.

        The functionality of the device will allow not only to obtain real-time data on air quality, but also to accumulate large data for assessment and forecasting of pollution indices and risks to public health, using a personal account on the site

        This and other air quality monitoring devices are manufactured and tested by EcoCity experts in their own workshop. Production time is on average 1 week from the moment of the order (production, testing, calibration). After receiving, you can activate and configure the device using the manual on the site The station is powered by a standard USB adapter (5V 2A) that comes with the device. The length of the power cable is 7 meters.

        Use this form to order the equipment. The message will be sent to both the Clean Air team and the EcoCity team. We will then contact you by e-mail to confirm the order.

        *By filling out and sending this form, you consent to the storage and processing of your personal data in accordance with the laws of Ukraine. We promise that the data provided will not be passed on to "third parties" and will not be used for purposes other than the implementation of the Clean Air Coalition and its partners.

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            Air Pollution in Zaporizhia

            20. 10. 2017,
            Air Pollution in Zaporizhia
            Air Pollution in Zaporizhia

            Zaporizhia has been one of the largest industrial centres of Ukraine since the beginning of the Soviet Union. Thanks to the available reserves of coal, iron ore, and manganese, engineering, heavy industry, metallurgy, the chemical industry, automobile production, and aircraft engines are concentrated here.

            The residents of Zaporizhia have long complained about the high concentration of plants located directly in the city. The plants are technically obsolete; they mostly date back to the 1930s and cause massive air pollution. To add to the effect, the main highway also runs through the centre. The data monitoring and publishing system appears to have been inadequate for a long time: there are only five measuring stations in the city and those at locations that do not suffer the highest levels of pollution. The industrial part of Zaporizhia is located in the northeast of the city, a residential area in the south. The Soviet engineers did not consider the direction of the wind and therefore winds from the north-east regularly carry harmful substances directly into the residential areas.

            In October 2015, a successful demonstration by residents of Zaporizhia took place, with the aim of improving the air in the city. Since 2017, the Ekozaporozhie coalition has been operating in the city; it is engaged in promoting independent pollution monitoring and environmental education.

            The main sources of air pollution in Zaporizhia:

            Ukrainsky Grafit (Укрграфит)
            A Ukrainian graphite producer, founded in 1933. Until 1994, Dnepropetrovsk elektrotechnny plant / Dneprovskij elektronyi zavod.

            Zaporozhye Ferroalloy Plant (Запорожский завод ферросплавов / Zaporozhskyy Zavod Ferrosplavov)
            The main products of the plant are various ferroalloys: ferrosilicomanganese, ferrosilicon, ferromanganese, and manganese metal. Moreover, the plant produces metallurgical lime and sells ferro alloy slags, which are used predominantly in construction and building. The construction of the plant started in 1931.

            Zaporozhkoks (Запорожкокс)
            Zaporizhkoks is one of the largest coke chemical plants in Ukraine, constructed in 1934 and privatized in 1995. In August 1997 the plant was included in the list of enterprises of strategic importance for the economy and security of Ukraine. In 2013, the plant produced 1.15 million tonnes of coke. In January-May 2015 the plant reduced its production, but during this period it produced 430 thousand tonnes of coke. 51% of the shares in PJSC Zaporozhkoks belong to the “Metinvest” group and 42 %  of them to Zaporizhstal. On March 16, 2017, an explosion occurred at the plant, which killed four people.

            JSC Electrometallurgical Works Dneprospetsstal named after A. N. Kuzmin (Днепроспецсталь / Dneprospecstal)
            A manufacturer of special stainless steel, founded as a state-run enterprise in 1932. Now it’s a publicly traded company which manufactures and sells metal products made of stainless, tool, high-speed (including those produced by the PM method), bearing, structural, alloyed, and carbon steel grades.

            Zaporozhstal (Запорожсталь)
            Constructed in 1933, Zaporizhstal is Ukraine’s fourth-largest steelmaker. The Ukrainian holding company Metinvest became its sole owner in 2013. The largest shareholder of the plant is Rinat Akhmetov. In 2015, the company made 3.81 million tonnes of cast iron, 3.98 million tonnes of steel, and 3.35 million tonnes of rolled steel. According to the company, since 2012, Zaporozhstal has directed more than 8.5 billion hryvnias to eco-modernization and has become the plant receiving the greatest amount of investment of any in Ukraine.

            Titano-magilevyi kombinat (Титано-магниевый комбинат)
            The company was founded in 1935 under the name “Dneprovsky Magnesium Plant” and was the first industrial producer of magnesium in the USSR. Nowadays it’s the only manufacturer of sponge titanium in Europe. The main products of the plant: sponge titanium, purified titanium tetrachloride, shaped titanium castings, titanium ingots, ferrotitanium, and titanium slag.

            Beside all above, there is also the Abrazivnyi kombinat (Абразивный комбинат) and the Motor Sich (Мотор Сич).

            Clean Air for Ukraine

            This project is led by a non-governmental organization Arnika (Czech Republic) in cooperation with local civic initiatives in industrial towns of Ukraine with financial support from the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the National Endowment for Democracy (USA). You can find more information about our activities and possibilities of involvement or share your thoughts with us by sending a message to


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