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Air Quality Strategy

The UK Government and Devolved Administrations have to produce a national ambient air quality strategy containing objectives and standards for improving air quality.

The first UK Air Quality Strategy was published in 2000. It contained policies for tackling air pollution and set air quality standards for eight key air pollutants. The standards and objectives are reviewed regularly. This takes into account the latest research findings and conclusions on the health effects of air pollution and technical developments and policy evolution.

The strategy:

  • sets out a way forward for work and planning on air quality issues
  • sets out the air quality standards and objectives
  • introduces a new policy for tackling fine particles
  • identifies potential new policies which could give further health benefits and move closer towards meeting the strategy’s objectives.

The latest Air Quality Strategy was published in July 2007. It is available on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website.

Volume 1 (external link) contains the strategy.

Volume 2 (external link) provides information about the evidence the strategy was based on.