The ‘Air Pollution in Northern Ireland 2017’ statistical report was today published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
This report is updated annually and contains summary information on key air quality monitoring results and analysis from data collected by automatic monitoring stations.
Continuous monitoring was undertaken at 19 automated sites across Northern Ireland in 2017.
The key points are:
- Northern Ireland collected data from 19 automatic monitoring stations during 2017.
- The report provides details of air quality monitoring undertaken here and gives a summary of results, as well as long-term trends. It also sets out information on the progress being made by councils in managing local air quality and this year, highlights issues of air pollution that arises from household solid fuel burning.
- In 2017, objectives for most key air quality pollutants were met in full. However, objectives for nitrogen dioxide – a pollutant closely associated with road traffic – were not met at three sites that are close to busy roads.
- Levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – which is measured at three sites - returned to similar figures recorded during 2015, after a recorded exceedance of the EU target level in 2016. Against the stricter UK Air Quality Strategy objective for PAHs, all three sites exceeded.
- Along with the Department, district councils have a duty to carry out air quality monitoring, and where air quality falls below acceptable levels they are required to declare Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). In the 2017 reporting year there were 23 AQMAs in Northern Ireland.
- The Department works closely with district councils and with other government departments to ensure that progress is being made towards meeting all air quality targets and objectives.
Notes to editors:
- This report is updated and published annually, this is the 17th publication.
- Download copies of this report from previous years.
- The main sections of this report cover air quality monitoring results for 2017, long term trends in air pollution, and air pollution caused by home heating in Northern Ireland.
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