press release
Published: 19 January 2021

Surrey project to address the problem of indoor air pollution affecting millions in developing countries

The University of Surrey will be investigating ways to improve the indoor air pollution that blights the lives of millions in developing countries, thanks to a grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

According to the World Health Organisation, indoor air pollution exposure leads to 4.3million premature deaths globally. In low-income homes, particularly in developing countries, poor ventilation and inefficient cooking methods expose many to poor indoor air quality.

Surrey’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) will work with partners across 11 Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries as part of its Clean Air Engineering for Homes (CArE-Homes) project.

The GCARE team will conduct webinars, outreach activities and pilot studies in low-income homes. The project will also collect primary data of aerosol and carbon dioxide across 12 cities from the ODA nations to help develop strategies that reduce indoor air pollution.

Professor Prashant Kumar, Principal Investigator of the project and Founding Director of GCARE at the University of Surrey, said: “Our main goal and utmost passion here at GCARE is to strive for a world where clean air is available for all – even in indoor environments. This ideal has become even more critical because of the horrendous COVID-19 crisis.

“We are delighted to receive this support from Surrey’s Global Challenges Research Fund pot, and we look forward to working tirelessly with our friends across the world to make the air cleaner and safer for the most vulnerable.”

Professor David Sampson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey, said: “We are very proud of the collaborative and truly global work of Professor Kumar and his team at GCARE. Indeed, there are few things more important than the quality of the air we all breath.

“This past year has been proof positive of how knowledge exchange and collaboration lie at the heart of solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.”

Note to editors

CArE-Homes project will officially kick-off on 1 February 2021.

The University of Surrey awards the CArE-Homes grant under the Research England’s Global Challenge Research Fund, which is part of the UK Research and Innovation.