Pollution control - air quality
Air Quality in Exeter
What is air quality and why does it matter to me?
Air quality is a measure of how good our air quality is in terms of the type and quantity of pollutants contained within it. Poor air quality can affect peoples' health, causing problems such as heart disease and breathing problems. Up to 24,000 people per year die prematurely because of its effects (The Air Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Working Together for Clean Air.)
Certain processes which emit undesirable gases into the air, including vehicle respraying garages, petrol stations and animal by-product rendering plants, have to be authorised to check they comply with the regulations.
What is being done nationally to tackle air quality?
Clean air that is fit to breathe is one of the key factors required to deliver a safe environment for both current and future generations. The UK Sustainable Development Strategy "A Better Quality of Life" sets out a national vision for delivering a sustainable environment. A National Air Quality Strategy has also been produced, which sets out the Government's plans to improve and protect ambient air quality, as part of the creation of a sustainable environment.
What you can expect from Exeter City Council
Nitrogen dioxide levels are monitored at a number of sites along the main routes into the city. Exeter's annual average levels can be found in reports.
Ozone, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, particles and nitrogen dioxide are continuously monitored in Queen Street, Exeter.
Exeter's air quality information for the UK is available at on the Air Quality Archive site below - this lists all of the sites on the network.
If you have recently noticed an unpleasant odour and feel that it needs to be reported to Environmental Health, please use the Online eForm below: