24/7 air quality data will be available for residents to monitor across the borough

Residents of Doncaster will now be able to receive up-to-date air quality information across the borough, thanks to the launch of a new air quality information service.

Data from current monitoring stations available across the city will be made available on the Council’s webpage, and this service is launching today, on Clean Air Day 2022.

The stations monitor outdoor air pollution around the clock and will provide real-time information with the help of the air quality monitoring service, We Care 4 Air.

Visiting the Market Place Air Quality Monitoring Station to launch the initiative, Mayor Ros Jones said: “Addressing the climate emergency is one of our highest priorities as council and I make no apologies for continuing to promote and support new ways we can help protect and improve our environment. This includes improving the quality of the air we breathe.

“This data will provide residents with daily access to local air quality information and will be fully available in the coming weeks – please bear with us as we bring the service fully operational.”

“While we can all take action every day to help the climate, the public rightly expects their council to play a leading role in the climate agenda and this is another positive step in the creating a safer, stronger, cleaner and greener Doncaster for all.”

The council currently uses the monitoring stations to monitor two air pollutants – gaseous nitrogen dioxide and fine airborne particles (also known as particulates). Nitrogen dioxide gas is strongly associated with traffic emissions while airborne fine particulate matter is typically emitted from a number of sources including traffic, industry and residential areas – and can be so small that several thousand of them could fit on the full stop at the end of this sentence.

When concentrations of both chemicals increase, it may be linked to potential health effects – information on what action we would take if this happened can be found here – https://uk-air.defra.gov. uk/?view=158

The Council is continually striving to improve the city’s air quality and has previously declared eight air quality management zones where nitrogen dioxide gases can be found higher than others. areas – these areas are usually close to busy roads. Air quality action plans designed to reduce emissions are currently in place in these areas and can be viewed here – https://dmbcwebstolive01.blob.core.windows.net/media/Default/AnimalWelfarePestsPollution/ Air%20Quality%20Action%20Plan%20Final%20(Revised%202018).pdf

For more information and to access the data, visit https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/environmental/air-quality-and-pollution-control

Last update: June 16, 2022 1:03:10 PM

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