Policy paper

Air quality in the UK: plan to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions (2015)

How we plan to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities.

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This information is now out of date. The government published its Air quality plan for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in UK on 26 July 2017.


UK overview document

Technical report

List of UK and national measures


These documents set out the UK’s air quality plan. It will meet our goals of improving the UK’s air quality and public health. The plan fulfils our legal obligations to achieve nitrogen dioxide limit values in the EU Ambient Air Quality Directive (2008/50/EC) in the shortest possible time.

The overview document summarises the policy background and sets out our comprehensive approach to meeting those goals.

The list of UK and national measures identifies the measures that are helping us to meet the limits. This list of measures should be read alongside the individual zone plans for the 38 air quality zones still to meet the nitrogen dioxide limits.

The technical report details the modelling and assessment methodology used for the UK’s air quality plan.

Published 17 December 2015
Last updated 18 January 2016 + show all updates
  1. Technical report replaced, fixing a broken link and updating the PM emissions factors in table D5 (on page 100).

  2. We've updated the technical report following some mechanical problems with the original version.

  3. First published.