Greenpeace director, Stelios Psomas, told ENDS Daily that he expected to meet the country's environment minister next week to discuss the findings. The group has successfully goaded the government into action on air pollution in the past. In 1998, it used a mobile monitoring laboratory to measure benzene and particulate pollution in Athens, highlighting the fact that the state was not doing so. The following year the government began measuring benzene and this year it began measuring particulates.
Greenpeace wants a ban on diesel taxis, which it says are responsible for more than 20% of Athens' total vehicle mileage. The NGO also wants investment in tramways and light rail, improved energy efficiency for buildings, and more renewable energy generation and forests around urban areas.
Greenpeace Greece, tel: +30 1 384 0774.
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