The three month consultation period for the Bath Air Quality Action Plan ended on the 3rd December 2017.  The responses are being analysed and collated into a report.  

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Department for Transport published their ‘UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations’ on 26th July 2017. The content of this plan takes into account that for the first time, Bath and North East Somerset is listed as an authority upon which the Government has placed legal duties on to ‘develop and implement a plan designed to deliver compliance in the shortest time possible’. This plan may include a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) or other measures if they can deliver compliance as quickly as a CAZ. 


The final Bath Air Quality Action Plan will be developed and implemented in co-ordination with the UK Plan. This requires an initial plan by the end of March 2018 and a final plan by the end of 2018.

The full Consultation Draft Bath Air Quality Action Plan document is available here or on the right hand side in the 'documents' section.

Air pollution is associated with a number of adverse health impacts. It is recognised as a contributing factor in the onset of heart disease and cancer. Additionally, air pollution particularly affects the most vulnerable in society: children and older people, and those with heart and lung conditions.

Over 90% of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions in Bath are from road traffic.  
The NO2 that we measure at the roadside is from these NOx emissions and a chemical reaction that occurs after leaving the exhaust pipe. 
The amount each vehicle type contributes to NOx emissions in selected areas is estimated below in the source apportionment illustration.  This emissions work will be revisited during the consultation period to establish more up to date values.

Engine emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by vehicle type.

Engine emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by vehicle type.

Environmental Monitoring Team
1st Floor Lewis House
Manvers Street
Bath
BA1 1JG
Environmental_Monitoring@bathnes.gov.uk

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