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Action to improve air quality in Guildford

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Action to improve air quality in Guildford

Published at 7:28pm 3rd March 2018. (Updated at 7:31pm 3rd March 2018)

Guildford residents are asked to take part in a study on the town's air quality.

Researchers at the University of Surrey, along with Guildford Council and the University of Hasselt in Belgium, are encouraging locals to take part in an air quality study of the area.

It is part of a key European research and innovation project - named 'iSCAPE'. 

The project aims to improve air quality and carbon emissions in European cities - by developing sustainable solutions to the problem. 

They hope to find out how they can encourage residents to make more environmentally-friendly choices in how they travel. 

The study involves a simple questionnaire and registering users' trips and activities using the free 'Sparrow' app.

This will allow researchers to track travel behaviour and exposure to air pollution. 

If you live in Guildford and are interested in taking part - contact iscapesurrey@gmail.com to get involved. 

Professor Prashant Kumar from the University of Surrey, said: “Here at the University of Surrey we are leading the way on global air quality research, and we want the community of Guildford to help with our next study.

"This initiative will help improve the understanding of Guildford residents on the impact of their own travel and how changes they could make can have a positive outcome."

Councillor Paul Spooner, leader of Guildford Borough Council said: “We welcome this opportunity to work with the Global Centre for Clean Air Research at the University of Surrey and encourage people to take part. 

"We hope that the study will ultimately lead to travel choice changes and an improvement to the air quality in our borough.” 

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