Let's clear the air

GM air quality problem revealed

Many more parts of Greater Manchester have higher levels of air pollution than previously thought, a recently published report reveals.

152 stretches of road in Greater Manchester will still be in breach of legal limits for concentrations of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) beyond 2020 unless action is taken.

This new analysis is set out in a report considered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on Friday 26 October setting out progress on the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan. 

Poor air quality is the largest environmental public health issue facing the UK. Road transport causes 80% of NO2 emissions at the roadside, mainly from diesel vehicles.

Pollutants are linked to a wide range of serious health problems, reduced life expectancy, and contribute to the equivalent of 1,200 deaths a year in Greater Manchester alone.  

Dirty air is hurting us all

Pollution from road transport makes people sick and plays a part in thousands of early deaths.  It's now the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK.

A new Greater Manchester public health campaign and air quality website is raising awareness of the serious impacts of air pollution and showing how residents, businesses and local authorities can work together to tackle it.