Welcome to the UK Air Pollution Information System (APIS). Air pollution is one of the major environmental issues in the UK, with impacts occurring at local, regional and global scales. Much is known about the impacts on natural heritage features, with major steps already being taken in the development of abatement strategies both at national and international levels. It is clear, however, that there are still major gaps in the scientific understanding. This site provides a searchable database and information on pollutants and their impacts on habitats and species.

Air Pollution Information System

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Clean Air Strategy 2019

Environment Secretary Michael Gove launched on January 14th, 2019 an ambitious new strategy to clean up our air and save lives. Air pollution is one of the biggest threats to public health in the UK - behind only cancer, obesity and heart disease - and the measures set out in the Clean Air Strategy will cut the costs of air pollution to society by £1.7 billion every year by 2020, rising to £5.3 billion every year from 2030.

The Strategy sets out the comprehensive action that is required from across all parts of government and society to meet these goals. New legislation will create a stronger and more coherent framework for action to tackle air pollution.

Background data reverted to years 2013-2015!

Important Information

In March 2018 we updated the Search by Location and Site Relevant Critical Loads tools in APIS to use background pollution maps based on a 3-year average for 2014-2016. An error has been discovered with the underlying gas and particulate matter monitoring data upon which the background maps are based. This affects the results for only the year 2016. It is probable that the 3-year average will be affected only slightly, however, the 2016 mapping is currently being re-run to quantify changes. As a precautionary measure for the meantime, we have reverted back to the 2013-2015 datasets in APIS and will re-issue the 2014-2016 maps as soon as they are available. The source attribution data in the Site Relevant Critical Loads tool has not been changed and continues to be based on 2012 emissions data.