Air Quality Update

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Measures to improve Dundee’s air quality is achieving ongoing results, councillors will hear on Monday (June 04).

Neighbourhood Services are submitting their 2018 Air Quality Progress Report to the Scottish Government and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

The report provides the results of the ratified air quality monitoring data for the full year 2017 and this shows that significant progress is being made. 

The annual and daily air quality objectives for PM10 10 (particulates) was met in full for the first time at all real-time monitoring sites throughout the city. 

The hourly average for Nitrogen Dioxide NO2 was also met in full at all real-time monitors.

Whilst the annual mean objective for NO2 was exceeded at Lochee Road and the Seagate, both showed a further improving trend.

The council is also working with the Scottish Government in progressing its Cleaner Air for Scotland strategy and it is hoped that this along with its local measures will result in all of the air quality standards being met.

Transport is known to be the main source of air pollution and Dundee City Council continues to lead the way in the UK in the operation of and charging infrastructure of electric vehicles.   

The council is working closely with the main bus operators to ensure that the lowest emission buses operate in air quality sensitive areas.

In addition, more than 6,500 commercial vehicles are now signed up to the ECOSTARS scheme which commit them to ensuring that they achieve cleaner emissions.

Community Safety and Public Protection Convener Alan Ross said: β€œWe welcome the further improvements that have been made with air quality and this shows that the measures being implemented by the Council are having a positive effect, however we will continue to make every effort to maintain the good progress made. 

β€œWe will also be working with the Scottish Government and partners on the Cleaner Air For Scotland strategy and will continue to engage positively with all of the local vehicle operators within the city to ensure that we meet all of the air quality targets as early as is possible. 

β€œAdditionally, we are holding our Clean Air Day on June 21st this year and will be engaging with the public and commercial sector to show how everyone can help improve air quality by using more environmentally friendly and healthier options of travelling and transport”.

The Community Safety and Public Protection Committee will meet on Monday June 4.

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