Air quality

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. 

The pollutants of main concern are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which has a threshold of 40ugm3 per year, and particulate material (PM10 and PM2.5).

Where air quality is found to exceed these standards an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) must be declared.

In 2019 the council adopted a Sustainable Travel Strategy that we will work towards to reduce the amount of pollution caused by the transport network. 

Download our Air Quality Action Plan

Read Newport's air quality data and reports

Further information

Read about the council's Sustainable Travel Strategy

Read our Air Quality SPG (pdf)

Read our Sustainable Travel SPG (pdf)

Read about the role of trees in tackling air pollution

Visit Air Quality News

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 

Schools - an interactive website for schools to support air quality awareness.

ECO Stars - a fuel economy scheme for local fleet operators

Visit Global Action Plan's Clean Air Hub to see how you can do your bit

Read about sustainable travel as part of Newport's Wellbeing Plan

Learn more about electric vehicles 


Ask for environmental health at Newport City Council