Air quality strategy
Our air quality strategy provides a framework for air quality control through air quality management and air quality standards. Its aim is to protect the health of people and the environment. This is achieved by setting out standards for widely occurring air pollutants that are known to be harmful, alongside objectives for their completion.
Clean Air Act
The Clean Air Act 1993 (external website) regulates "dark smoke" release to help prevent any future instances such as the Great London smog of 1952. Under the act, councils have powers to declare smoke control areas in their districts.
The Environment Act 1995 (external website) introduced a statutory duty for councils requiring them to review and assess the air quality within their districts and to identify those areas where further local measures will be required to achieve the air quality objectives.
Air quality regulations
The Air Quality Regulations 1997 (external website) set out the statutory objectives for councils for seven air pollutants.