Air Quality

Air Quality and health
Poor air quality can affect your health, especially if you have breathing difficulties or suffer with heart trouble. The Defra Pollution Forecast provides the 5-day pollution forecast for the Stoke-on-Trent area. The Daily Air Quality Index tells you how the levels of pollution might affect your health and provides recommended actions.

Source of pollution
The major source of pollution in the city is road traffic.

What can I do to help reduce air pollution?

  • Schools
    Well done to St John’s CE(A) Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent. Their hard work on road safety has resulted in journeys to school dropping from 35% to 26% between 2012 and 2015. The school has been awarded in the National School Travel Award, Modeshift Stars for the Midlands Region .
  • Lifshare
    Why not check out our Travel Smart page to see how we can all make a difference?
  • Commercial Vehicles
    ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme
    ECO Stars encourages and helps operators of HGVs, buses, coaches, vans and taxis to run fleets in the most efficient and green way with the added benefit of saving money. Click here for more information.

Air Quality Review & Assessment Reports
law the city council must monitor and report on air quality and take action to improve it. We monitor air quality all around the city, especially in areas where higher pollution levels are expected. We have written reports to tell you:

  • What the air quality is like in Stoke-on-Trent
  • What and where air pollution is monitored
  • How we review and assess the state of air quality
  • Where air pollution comes from

For our latest Air Quality Review & Assessment report, go to our Air Quality Review & Assessment page.

Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA)
If we find that any of the pollutants that we monitor exceeds objectives set by national government, we must declare an Air Quality Management Area and prepare an Air Quality Action Plan which aims to reduce the pollution below  the guidance level.

Clean Vehicle Technology Fund
We have submitted an application to the Department for Transport's Clean Vehicle Technology Fund to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions from our refuse collection operations with the aim of improving air quality in the city. The application submission documents (excluding commercially sensitive information) are available to download below:

The city council and its partners have consulted with organisations and agencies, and most importantly the general public, to help agree what should be included in the action plans, to improve the air quality in Stoke-on-Trent.




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