Akindele and Adejumobi
Greener Journal of Science, Engineering and Technological Research Vol. 6 (3), pp. 070-077, November 2016.
Manuscript Number: 052416098
Mitigating the use of Electric Generators: An Operative Model of Distance and Greening Buffers
*Akindele O. Akin and Adejumobi DO
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, LadokeAkintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Against the background of the incessant electric power failure and the extensive use of electric power generator, the study investigates the use of electric power generators; so as to proffer ecologically sustainable mitigation strategies. The relative incidence of generator use was appraised. Residents coping mechanism as well as its efficacy were also assessed. Across the three recognizable residential densities of the city having 20 political wards, 50 urban blocks (10%) were sampled. A questionnaire was administered to 511 respondents using a multi stage approach. Noise dosimeter was used to measure the noise level. Air samplers were also used to assess the magnitude of air pollution across the sampled units. X2, T-test and one-way ANOVA were used to explain the variation in the incidence of generator use and to compare the average concentration of pollution with the WHO tolerable standards. A high level incidence of power outage (81%) was observed to have encouraged a high incidence (78.6%) of electric generator use with X2, T-test showing a significant difference in the noise levels comparing distance intervals to the generator at α=.05. Distance was observed to abate noise and air quality was better with greens at 1.916. The study thus recommends a distance and green buffer to mitigate the negative effects of electric power generator use.
Keywords: Electric power generator, basic utility, carbon capture, pollution, livability, Nigeria.
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