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Air Quality Reports

Air quality in the city is reviewed and assessed at regular intervals in accordance with statutory requirements.  The Councilís  Air Quality Annual Progress Report 2017 is the most recent review of air quality in Aberdeen. Other historical air quality assessment reports, AQMA maps and related projects can be downloaded from selecting the report title in the following table.

 Report Title

 Purpose

 Date

Air Quality Management Areas  Map showing Air Quality Management Areas in Aberdeen City Aug 2016 
Air Quality Annual Progress Report 2017

Recent air quality monitoring information, new developments and planning information

Progress on Air Quality Action Plan

June 2017
Vehicle Emission Tailpipe Study 2016

Real time tailpipe emissions monitored from over 23,000 buses, HGVs, vans, cars and taxis at various locations in Aberdeen

April 2016
Air Quality Annual Progress Report 2016

2016 review of air quality in Aberdeen

June 2016
Updating and Screening Assessment 2015

Recent air quality monitoring information, new developments and planning information

June 2015
Aberdeen Action Plan Progress Update 2015

Progress on measures being implemented or planned to improve air quality, promote active travel, the uptake of cleaner vehicles and sustainable development

Dec 2015

City Centre Low Emission Feasibility Study 2015

Modelling of transport related emissions,  source apportionment and air quality benefits from specific interventions

Jan 2015
2014 Air Quality Progress Report Recent air quality monitoring data and developments Oct
2014
Progress Report 2013 Recent air quality monitoring data and developments  Sept 2013

Air Quality Action Plan Progress Report 2013

Action Plan Update Report Monitoring Table 2013

 Progress on measures being implemented or planned to improve air quality June 2013
Updating and Screening Assessment 2012 Recent air quality monitoring information, new

developments and planning information

 July 2012
Air Quality Action Plan 2011  Actions proposed to improve air quality across Aberdeen and comply  with national and EU air quality objectives  July 2011
Aberdeen Harbour Local Air Quality Study 2011  Detailed assessment of emissions from vessels berthed at Aberdeen Harbour and entering/exiting the Harbour  Sept 2011

 

Vehicle Tailpipe Emission Study 2015

A Real Time Driving Emission Performance study was carried out across 6 sites in Aberdeen in April 2015.  Emissions from over 24,000 cars, taxis, buses, vans and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) were tested.  Diesel vehicle NOx (nitrous oxide) significantly underperformed compared to manufacture test data with diesel cars and vans contributing the most NO2.  In general there was little difference in emissions from Euro 3,4, and 5 diesel cars across all manufacturers.  While Euro 6 car emissions were roughly half Euro 5, levels still significantly exceeded the permitted standards across all manufacturers.  The report will help support the development of measures to improve air quality in Aberdeen, particularly the 3 Air Quality Management Areas can be downloaded from the link Vehicle Emission Tailpipe Study 2016

 Low Emission Feasibility Study 2015

Air quality within the Aberdeen City Centre Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) was assessed with the ultimate objective to identify opportunities to improve air quality within the AQMA through a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) or similar measures.  The study considered traffic flows, fleet composition and emission rates to determine the contribution from different components of the fleet to pollution concentrations.  Potential actions to improve air quality via a LEZ or other scheme were modelled to determine the most effective option that could be feasibly implemented.  Improvement measures were not subsequently progressed due to the development of a national Cleaner Air for Scotland strategy and world wide uncertainty regarding real time emissions from diesel vehicles. 

Air Quality Action Plan 2011

If the review and assessment process identifies exceedances, or likely exceedances of the air quality objectives for any pollutant the local authority must draw up and implement an action plan to reduce levels of pollution in the affected area. 

The latest Air Quality Action Plan 2011 covers the City's 3 AQMAs. The 2011 Air Quality Action Plan Summary Leaflet describes some of the measures to improve air quality.  These include

  • Encourage modal shift e.g. improved bus services, improved cycling and walking provision, additional Park and Rides
  • Reduce emissions and encourage the uptake of cleaner vehicles including consideration of a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in the City Centre (an LEZ is a geographically defined area where the most polluting vehicles are restricted, deterred or discouraged from access and use)
  • road building/junction alterations to reduce congestion and improve air quality
  • traffic management measures e.g. improved signalling, HGV priority measures
  • integrated Plans and Policies to minimise the impact of new developments and improve the future transport network
  • non traffic measures e.g. to improve energy efficiency, control on new biomass (fossil fuel) installations

 

The 2014 Air Quality Progress Report describes the Council's progress in the implementation of the 2011 Air Quality Action Plan. 

Aberdeen Harbour Study 2011

Aberdeen Harbour is core to the prosperity and character of the city and probably unique in the UK.  A detailed study of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate (PM10) emissions from vessels was completed in 2011.  The  Aberdeen Harbour Local Air Quality Study 2011 concluded that while emissions contribute to raised levels in some parts of Market St, Virginia Street and the surrounding area, road traffic is the main source of these pollutants.  The Action Plan therefore focuses on actions that can be taken to reduce emissions from road traffic.

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