Measuring air quality

Air quality is monitored across Highland in accordance with the UK National Air Quality Strategy. This sets out the government's objectives to improve and protect air quality in the UK.

Local air quality management

Local authorities have to undertake annual air quality reviews of their areas to make sure the National Air Quality Objectives will be achieved. The pollutants that must be assessed by the local authority are:

  • Benzene
  • Carbon monoxide
  • 1,3-butadiene
  • Lead
  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Fine particles

If the objective for a pollutant is exceeded or predicted to be exceeded by the required date for compliance, the local authority must declare the affected area an Air Quality Management Area. The authority must then draw up and implement an action plan to reduce pollution levels in the specified area.

Highland has one Air Quality Management Area in Inverness City Centre.

Inverness Air Quality Action Plan

Annual reports