Air quality

Air quality in Plymouth is mainly good and there were very few areas where levels of nitrogen dioxide are above government objectives during 2015. These concentrations are largely related to road traffic emissions.

Plymouth has a single city wide Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) which is due to levels of nitrogen dioxide exceeding national objectives. This AQMA includes Exeter Street, Mutley Plain, Stoke Village, Royal Parade and Tavistock Road and their connecting roads. View the area map below.

Download Map of Plymouth's Air Quality Management Area [PDF, 635KB]

Local Air Quality Management

We regularly review and assess air quality in our areas and determine whether or not the air quality objectives are likely to be achieved. This information is submitted to Defra in the form of Annual Status Reports.

A summary of the 2016 Annual Status Report for air quality in Plymouth is available below.

 2016 Annual Status Report for air quality [PDF, 413KB]

There are two monitoring stations operated in Plymouth as part of the DEFRA monitoring network;