National Statistics – Emissions of air pollutants

Annual publications covering the emissions of some important air pollutants. (Updated 26 February 2021)

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Summary

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Background

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5)

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Nitrogen oxides (NOx)

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Ammonia (NH3)

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs)

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Sulphur dioxide (SO2)

Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Compliance with Code of Practice for Statistics

Methods and quality processes for UK air pollutant emissions statistics

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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Emissions of air pollutants in the UK, 1970 to 2018 (14 February 2020 National Statistics)

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