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Partnership Opportunity Profile

Elisabeth Källström Clean Air for Africa Initiative

Nigeria

ekcaai.org

Partnership initiated by:

Air Quality Measurement in African Countries

Joint R&D project

How we reduce CARBON

Commercial Status:

Concept-only

Fundraising Status:

Seeking funding

Status

Project Information

Overview

All over the world, exposure to particulate matter causes poor quality of life, that ultimately decreases life expectancy for every person. While useful statistics on air pollution are available in more developed climes like the U.S., Canada, Australia and most E.U. countries, such useful statistics are nonexistent in Africa. Simple statistics like these can be the catalyst to help push for positive change — when we fully understand the impacts of air pollution on our health, for example, we’re more inclined to talk to our government representatives to pass changing legislation.

Partnership objectives & outputs

The aim by this study is to gain an understanding of indoor air quality conditions experienced in a variety of student residences and homes in Nigeria. Air quality data of this different locations would be the initial first step to understanding what people breathe in.

Partnership activities

This will be achieved by i) collecting data of air quality variables in selected residences, ii) evaluating the air quality conditions in the residences based on internationally recommended metrics (ASHRAE, CBE, WHO, etc.); iii) comparing the existing air quality conditions with existing standards.

Our ideal partner

Academia, NGO and Companies

Why partner with us?

Ten years from now I would like Africa to have made significant progress on reducing harmful pollutants in homes, and even meet the Paris agreement of bringing emission levels down by 2030,“If we want to hand over a healthier, more sustainable planet to the next generation, Africa has a role to play.”

Summary comments

In more developed countries like the U.S., Canada, Australia and most E.U. countries, ultralow sulfur diesel with a maximum of 10 to 15 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur has been the norm for years — but in the vast majority of African countries, over 2,000 ppm is allowed — nearly a 20,000% increase.

Contact

Elisabeth Källström

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