This series contains National Statistics on the emission and concentrations of major air pollutants. There are many sources of air pollution, including power stations, road transport, household heating, agriculture and industrial processes.
Some air pollutants directly affect us or our environment because they are harmful chemicals and others because they can react in the environment to produce harmful chemicals. Other pollutants or pollutant combinations upset the natural balance of acidity and nitrogen in the environment. Air pollution can be quantified in two ways – the amount of air pollutants released into the atmosphere by a source (emissions) and the concentration of air pollutants in a location (air quality).
‘Air Quality Statistics in the UK’ is an annual release typically published in April and ‘Emissions of Air Pollutants in the UK’ is an annual release typically published in February.