Emissions of air pollutants

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This publication covers UK emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), non methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs), ammonia (NH3) and particulate matter (PM10 and PM 2.5).

Chronic exposure to PM contributes to the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer. Particulate matter can have either a cooling or a warming effect on climate, and also has an important role in the impacts air pollution has on the ecosystem. In addition to combining with particulates in the atmosphere, NOX, SO2 or NMVOCs can react together to form low level ozone which at higher levels can cause breathing problems, trigger asthma, reduce lung function and cause lung diseases.

The National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory: http://naei.defra.gov.uk/ contains further information on air pollutant emissions and methodology http://naei.defra.gov.uk/?report_id=536. The Devolved Administrations’ Air Quality Pollutant Inventories is published in September and will be available from: NAEI http://naei.defra.gov.uk/reports/reports?report_id=763

Notes: Index (1970 =100) Ammonia (1980=100)

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Data Resources (1)

Trends in air emissions 1970 to 2013

Additional Links (2)

emissions web page
Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2013

Additional Information

Added to data.gov.uk 10/12/2011
Theme Environment
Temporal coverage 1970 - 2013
Geographic coverage United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
National statistic yes
ONS category Agriculture and Environment
Themes (secondary) No value
Mandate No value
Schema/Vocabulary No value
Code list No value
Service Level No value