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Emissions of air pollutants

An annual publication covering the emissions of some important air pollutants.

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This publication provides estimates of UK emissions of particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), nitrogen oxides, ammonia, non-methane volatile organic compounds and sulphur dioxide.

These statistics are used to monitor progress against the UK’s emissions reduction targets for air pollutants. Emissions reductions in the UK contribute to improvements in air quality in the UK alongside a number of other factors. For more information on air quality data and information please refer to the air quality and emissions statistics GOV.UK page.

The National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory contains information on anthropogenic UK emissions and compilation methods for a wide range of air pollutants; as well as hosting a number of reports including the Devolved Administrations’ Air Quality Pollutant Inventories.

The methodology to estimate emissions is continuously reviewed and developed to take account of new data sources, emission factors and modelling methods. This means the whole time series is revised annually. You can access editions of this publication via The National Archives or the links below.

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2020

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2018

14 February 2020 National Statistics

2019

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2017

15 February 2019 National Statistics

2018

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2016

15 February 2018 National Statistics

2016

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2015

21 December 2016 National Statistics

2015

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2014

17 December 2015 National Statistics

2014

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2013

18 December 2014 National Statistics

2013

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2012

18 December 2013 National Statistics

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2011 (original and revised versions)

1 August 2013 National Statistics

2012

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2010 – Supplementary results

13 February 2012 National Statistics

2011

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2010

15 December 2011 National Statistics

UK emissions of air pollutants: 2009 (first and additional results)

10 February 2011 National Statistics

2010

UK emissions of air pollutants: 2008 (first and additional results)

11 February 2010 National Statistics

2009

UK emissions of air pollutants: 2007 (first and additional results)

13 February 2009 National Statistics

2008

UK emissions of air pollutants: 2006 results

13 March 2008 National Statistics

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Published 18 December 2012
Last updated 26 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. The URLs to each HTML page within this release were updated to remove legacy components that were initially included in the URLs when the publication was first published in the HTML format last year. The new URLs will ensure that no further changes to the URLs will be required in future updates to the publication.

  2. URL link amended.

  3. Typo.

  4. New publication for 2021 containing data from 1970 to 2019 inclusive.

  5. Amended PDF attachment now with complete data uploaded and republished.

  6. Various amendments made to figures.

  7. This publication has been updated to address accessibility issues. Changes include modification of alt text, improvement to the colour contrast of figures, removal of merged cells in tables, and tweaks to formatting such as subscripting and HTML links. Some of the text has been reworded to improve clarity and understanding, but no changes have been made to the statistics since the initial publication in February.

  8. Amendments to text on emissions of air pollutants statistical release page.

  9. Annual update.

  10. Annual update.

  11. Annual update to publication.

  12. Annual update figures published 1970 to 2014

  13. Latest statistical release 1970 to 2013.

  14. Figures for 2012 published

  15. added note on Devolved Administrations inventory release is September.

  16. First published.