A subsidiary of Tehran Municipality, Tehran Air Quality Control Company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan International Cooperation Agency on supplying the equipment for the measurement and analysis of emissions in the capital.
Based on the contract, JICA has agreed to provide $11.3 million worth of technical equipment in the form of grant aid. The project expected become fully operational within a three-year time frame.
Japan's Ambassador to Iran Hiroyasu Kobayashi, head of JICA office in Tehran Yukiharu Kobayashi, Deputy Mayor for Transport Affairs Mohsen Pourseyed Aqaei, and AQCC's Managing Director Vahid Hosseini attended the event.
According to Hosseini, the very first diesel emission laboratory at Euro 6 level for diesel engines installed on buses, minibuses, and trucks will be launched as part of the agreement.
"I hope that with access to these instruments, diesel emissions can be analyzed in a precise and scientific manner," he said.
Besides, portable emission measurement systems will be supplied for vehicles that run on gasoline and CNG.
Also, Tehran will also receive seven new air quality monitoring stations to replace old instruments that have been in place for the last 15 years.
This the second JICA's project on the detailed study of air pollutants in Tehran. Started last September, the first one involving technical and financial assistance to identify and classify emission sources.