The quality of the air we breathe can significantly affect our health.
The main causes of poor air quality are industrial and road traffic emissions.
The European Union, national government and local authorities are committed to improving air quality, a commitment that has been written into law.
Read about the importance of trees in combating air pollution
The pollutants of main concern are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which has a threshold of 40ugm3 per year, and particulate material (PM10 and PM2.5).
Visit Wales NHS site to read more about the effects of pollutants
Visit Air Quality in Wales for up-to-date national air quality data
To help improve air quality Newport City Council is responsible for:
- identifying areas of poor air quality and taking action to improve them. In Newport the main source of poor air quality is road traffic emissions although a busy road is not necessarily an area of poor air quality.
- regulating industrial processes that could pollute the atmosphere as identified under the Pollution Prevention and Control regulations, including petrol stations and wood treatment plants.
- Smoke Control Areas that limit emissions from industrial stacks and domestic chimneys, including wood burners and open fires.
Changes in Newport’s AQMAs with effect from 1 July 2018...
Air quality action plan
We would like your views as we develop a new air quality action plan to improve air quality across Newport.
Please email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate if you would like a reply.
You will be able to comment at every stage, please visit this page for updates.
Supplementary Planning Guidance for Air Quality was adopted by the council in February 2018.
Ask for the environmental protection (pollution team) at Newport City Council