A new research project commenced on the transition towards cleaner energy practices in Oceania: A pilot study in Solomon Islands

A new research project commenced in 2019 titled, Overcoming cultural and developmental barriers to transition towards cleaner energy practices in Oceania: A pilot study in Solomon Islands, funded by the Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research (CAR) Seed Funding Project.  A small batch of low-cost air-quality monitors have been deployed by Dr Tom Cole-Hunter and Professor Lidia Morawska with colleagues in the Solomon Islands.  These monitors, as a network piloted for the first time in the Pacific Island Countries, are recording household air pollution (HAP) levels in individual homes and their link with the specific cooking practices, in the context of the ventilation methods use, to present this information to the communities, raise awareness of the risks from HAP, and embrace change to clean energy cooking practices. The aim or our project is to enable the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services (HMS) to empower household members (especially women/mothers as agents of change, within households of young children) to sustainably adopt cleaner energy practices. Such practices will reduce household air pollution (HAP) and associated burden of disease from early-life and life-long exposure to it. To read more about the project.