The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has recently released a provisional report presenting air quality statistics in the UK during the period 1987 – 2011. Defra published its statistical release as an early indication of the final results which will be made available in April this year.
The report utilises particulate matter (PM10) and ozone (O3) as indicators of UK air quality since these pollutants are considered the most detrimental to human health. The statistical release also covered the number of days when air pollution was ‘moderate or higher’ for any one of the following pollutants often investigated by REC’s air quality team: carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), particulate matter (PM10) and sulphur dioxide (SO2).
Main conclusions to the results:
- Urban background and roadside particulate pollution has improved in the long-term but has shown little change since 2007.
- Urban background ozone pollution has increased in the long-term since 1987.
- Rural background ozone pollution has shown no clear long-term trend and has changed little recently.
- Days of moderate or higher air pollution in urban areas have decreased in the long term but increased in 2011 compared to 2010.
- Days of moderate or higher air pollution for rural areas have shown no clear trend but increased in the last year.
The conclusions mirror REC’s findings on air quality, with medium term improvements reducing or reversing in recent years.
How REC Can Help
Air quality is a major cause of concern for the general public and reports such as those produced by Defra highlight the continuing issues around pollution levels. Our experienced air quality consultants can help you comply with the latest air quality legislation as well as to improve the perception of your company among potential customers. The REC Air Quality team has a broad knowledge in a full range of dispersion modelling software, air quality assessment, odour assessment and emissions monitoring, with all work undertaken in accordance with all relevant Defra, Environment Agency and Environmental Protection UK guidance. At REC Ltd, we provide high quality, cost-effective solutions to suit any type of project.
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