We want air to be cleaner in Sheffield. This is to avoid health problems when people breathe it in and also unwanted effects on the environment.
Air Aware Sheffield - the facts
Management of air quality
Monitoring air quality
Developers, the planning process and air quality
To protect health and the environment, standards for pollution levels have been set by the Government, the European Union and the World Health Organisation (WHO). We must monitor these levels and report to the Government.
Pollutants mainly come from human activities such as from industry, road traffic and building heating. Some come from natural sources such as wind blowing dust about and decomposing organic matter.
The pollutants in Sheffield we are mainly concerned about are:
They come from burning diesel and also petrol, gas, wood and coal.
Other pollutants of less concern include Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Ozone (O3), Lead (Pb) and 1,3-Butadiene.
Pollutants cause the following health problems:
Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulphur Dioxide, Ozone – These gases irritate the airways of the lungs and increase the symptoms of people suffering from lung diseases.
Air pollution also causes damage to plants and animals, and affects biodiversity and crop yields.
Report on Sheffield air quality as part of the ongoing Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) process.
Find out the latest on the investigations made by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee about how to improve air quality in the UK: