Air qualityClean air is essential for health and an important part of protecting the environment.
Poor air quality can lead to health conditions, pollution and problems with odour, smoke and dust.
The main causes of air pollution are chemicals like sulphur dioxide, lead and carbon monoxide.
Air pollution levels in Belfast are generally quite low, compared to the severe smogs which were common in the city during the 1950s and 1960s. This is due to greater use of cleaner fuels, such as natural gas, our own smoke control programme and the closure of the West Belfast power station in 2002.
However, there are still a number of areas in Belfast where air pollution remains a problem, mainly due to traffic.
Our roleWe're working on a number of projects to reduce air pollution levels and improve air quality.
Use the links below to find out more.