New deal for the education workforce »Delivering our ambitions for learners in Wales will need the full commitment of a highly skilled and professional workforce.Learn more »
Securing a brighter future by switching out the lights
Many buildings across the Welsh Government’s estate along with Cadw’s monuments will be in darkness this Saturday when lights are switched off in support of the WWF’s Earth Hour.
- New plans to reduce the number of children living in poverty
- £5million loan scheme to improve local sport facilities and get Wales active
- Securing a brighter future by switching out the lights
- Consultation on the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales - 2015
- Changes to the Producer Responsibility regimes for batteries and packaging
- Consultation on a Private Rented Sector Code of Practice for Landlords and Agents
- Call for evidence on the use and effectiveness of Civil Sanctions for environmental offences
- Proposed changes to homelessness data collections
- The Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Wales) Regulations 2015
Section highlightRegulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) BillThe Bill will improve the quality of care and support in Wales and strengthen protection for citizens.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Air quality is a measure of how good our air is. It is measured by the type and amount of pollutants contained within it.
Air is polluted if it contains substances that may have a harmful effect on human health and the environment. Poor air quality can affect the health of people, animals and plants.
We work closely with local authorities, Natural Resources Wales, industry and other stakeholders to protect and improve air quality in Wales.
Welsh Air Quality Forum
The following information can be found on the Welsh Air Quality Forum website (external link):
- about air quality
- the pollutants measured
- impacts on the environment
- how air quality is monitored.
UK Air Quality Archive
The UK Air Quality Archive website (external link) features information on the causes and effects of pollution. This includes a forecast bulletin, 24 hour summaries and articles.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website (external link) works to control and manage air quality across the UK.
There is further information on their website on:
- UK Air Quality Strategy
- European Union (EU) and international legislation
- local air quality management
- industrial air pollution panels, groups and fora
- science and research.
Natural Resources Wales
Natural Resources Wales (external link) brings together the work of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales, as well as some functions of Welsh Government. Their purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future.
Air quality in England
The Environment Agency’s main aims are to protect and improve the environment and to promote sustainable development. They play a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government through their functions and roles.
You can find more information on the following on the Environment Agency website (external link):
- continuous monitoring of industrial chimneys, stacks and flues
- emissions monitoring from chimney stacks using accredited laboratories and certified staff
- monitoring ambient air quality
- portable equipment for emissions monitoring
- Air Quality Modelling and Assessment Unit (AQMAU).
Air quality in Scotland
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) works to understand and improve Air quality in Scotland (external link). They regulate and monitor certain industrial activities in Scotland that can generate local airborne pollution. Their work involves working with and directing local authorities and other partners to manage and improve air quality. They also provide policy and operational advice to government, industry and the public on pollution control and other environmental issues.
In addition, they work towards Scottish and UK objectives and targets set to address global climate change and the cross-border transfer of pollutants.
Air quality in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Air is the website for Air quality in Northern Ireland (external link). It has information on the latest air quality, monitoring, levels of pollution and related air quality issues.