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Air quality

Businesses

Clean air is vital for our health, quality of life, and the environment around us.

Air pollution can have a harmful effect on the health of residents of Leeds, reducing life expectancy and increasing health inequalities. We want to work with businesses across Leeds to help realise our ambition for cleaner air in Leeds.

To do this we want businesses to pledge their support to improving local air quality in the city.

To pledge your support, you can do the following:

  • Raise the profile of air quality/awareness of air pollution amongst your employees and partners;
  • Promote walking and cycling as a better alternative for employees daily commute;
  • Reduce the number of vehicles delivering to your office through consolidation practices and sharing of business basics deliveries with neighbours;
  • Sign up to Eco Stars fleet recognition scheme.

If you could be a pioneer for improving local air quality in Leeds, register your interest with us by emailing climate.leeds@leeds.gov.uk.

What is the council doing to address air quality?

Leeds City Council is tackling this issue by monitoring air quality across the city and implementing projects to reduce our emissions. We are also greening our fleet and supporting others to lower emissions.

To date we have:

  • Switched 70 of our fleet vehicles over to zero or ultra-low emissions electric vehicles;
  • Introduced a Park and Ride option at Elland Road;
  • Opened the £29m Cycle Superhighway, a cycle route linking Bradford and Leeds, encouraging commuters to cycle rather than drive to work;
  • Offered free parking to owners of Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles at any Council operated car parks;
  • We are currently planning the creation of an alternative fuel station, which would allow us to convert 180 fleet vans to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), including 70 refuse collection trucks.

Air quality monitoring results including the current air pollution index

The monitoring results are used to identify areas where the national standards are not being met. These are declared as air quality management areas and the council has to prepare a plan showing how it proposes to achieve the appropriate standards in these areas.

Annual reports are published showing changes in air pollution concentrations and progress towards achieving the national air quality objectives. You can get older reports are available on request by emailing  us from the Contact us section.​

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