What is air quality
Air quality is the degree to which the air in a particular area is pollution-free. Poor air quality has a massive impact on everyone’s lives, public health, the economy and the environment.
The air pollution sources emit a wide range of pollutants classified under different categories that include Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), particulate matter (PM2.5), Hydrocarbons (HC) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), Lead, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Carbon Monoxide (CO), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), and Smog.
Road transport is the greatest source of emissions which create harmful NO2 emissions.
We are committed to cutting air pollution and therefore helping the lives of our residents, road users and local businesses.
The South Essex region is facing unprecedented growth in terms of housing (40,000 new houses) and employment (70,000 new jobs), which has key implications for travel and air quality, with demand for additional trips forecast to increase by up to 30% by 2037. This growth is a positive for the region, however we cannot keep building new roads, this is unsustainable and therefore requires a new solution.
That is why we are currently monitoring air quality in South Essex as part of an ongoing study which will inform future efforts to cut air pollution.