It is exciting news for people living in Nigeria and other parts of Africa with the latest development from Volvo. According to reports, Dr Elisabeth Källström, who happens to be the carmaker’s Construction Equipment Diagnostic Engineer, has launched ‘Clean Air for Africa’ Initiative, which is set to create awareness and advocates for the promotion of renewable energy, legislation on emission levels and proper management of waste in Nigeria and other countries in Africa.
The new initiative by Volvo will promote renewable energy and create legislation on vehicle emission in Africa
In her statement, Källström revealed that research has shown the absence of strict legislation regulating, checking and guiding emissions from vehicles and generator engines across countries in Africa. This information was made known last Monday, 14th of December, 2020.
She iterated the importance of replacing dirty generators with much safer and cleaner solar power. According to her, the initiative will promote mini-grids of cleaner and more sustainable power through the installation of free solar panels in various communities.
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Källström disclosed that she was also working on 3 different air quality projects through two notable universities in Nigeria - Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka and University of Nigeria in Nsukka. From what she said, the research will help measure the quality of air from vehicle emissions in the classrooms and outside as well.
She also revealed that she already planned with the Federal Ministry of Environment in Nigeria to assist in putting together proper emission legislation for the country. She is also working on creating the Air Quality Society of Africa using scholars such as professors in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana and also 2 doctors from Nigeria.