Air quality
  • A to Z
  • Newsroom
  • Contact us
  • Accessibility
  • A- A+

Air quality

Cleaner air logo

Sign up to our business pledge for cleaner air in Leeds

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.

We are committed to improving the air we breathe and is asking businesses across the city to sign up and pledge their support to improve air quality. Businesses can sign up to the pledge and support the campaign through a range of actions:


  • Raising the profile of air quality through staff briefings and policy
  • Provide our city centre walking maps to staff and visitors

The Built Environment

  • Reducing gas consumption and reducing generator usage
  • Take part in local monitoring


Supply Chain

  • Reducing deliveries to the office and improving vehicle emissions
  • Implement a ‘no engine idling’ policy

Contact the team at for more information.

What are we doing to address air quality?

As well as engaging with businesses to encourage air quality improvements, we are 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;

  • Extended our free parking offer to owners of Low Emissions Vehicles at all Council run car parks or on street parking bays until at least March 2018;

  • Created over 300 additional car parking spaces at the Elland Road Park and Ride;

  • Opened the £29m Cycle Superhighway, a cycle route linking Bradford and Leeds, encouraging commuters to cycle rather than drive to work;

  • 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

Additionally, we are currently undertaking detailed analysis and modelling of air quality around the city in response to the action plan produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) that requires Leeds to implement a Clean Air Zone by the end of 2019. A paper detailing the results of all of the analysis and recommendations will be brought to Executive Board in the summer.

View air pollution levels across the city on the DEFRA website. 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. Read the most recent Annual Status Report (PDF 6MB) which shows changes in air pollution concentrations and progress towards achieving the national air quality objectives. Older reports are available on request by emailing


To view documents in PDF format you will require the free Download Adobe Reader Adobe Acrobat Reader

Did you find the information you were looking for?