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The LAQM Helpdesk is operated on behalf of Defra and the Devolved Administrations by Bureau Veritas, in conjunction with contract partners AECOM and the National Physical Laboratory, and replaces the three previously separate helpdesks which were in operation for LAQM.

03 July 2020

Following their call for evidence in April the Defra Air Quality Experts Group (AQEG) have now published their report into changes in air pollution during the Covid-19 outbreak. The report is available here:

https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/reports.php?report_id=1005

01 July 2020

  • The National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet June 2020 Update is now available. This provides for the second round of National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors for 2019 diffusion tube monitoring data. We would like to thank all the local authorities who submitted co-location study results. Local authorities can continue to return co-location studies for diffusion tubes for inclusion (pending data quality checks) in the next update which is due in September 2020. 

19 June 2020

Local Air Quality Management during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Update

This advice has been agreed between Defra, the Devolved Administrations and the Greater London Authority and is addressed to all UK local authorities and the London boroughs. It provides an update on the previous joint statement issued on 22 May 2020.

  • Diffusion Tube Monitoring

Local authorities should continue their monitoring work where possible. For the July and August diffusion tube exposure dates on 1 July 2020 and 29 July 2020 local authorities should continue to adopt a flexible and risk-based approach to their monitoring work. This recognises the need to maintain social distancing at all times, avoid public transport, and also acknowledges that some local authorities will be continuing to work with constrained resources due to Covid-19.

  • Diffusion Tube Availability

While all laboratories providing diffusion tube services have now resumed operations, some are working with limited capacity. Local authorities should continue to follow any specific guidance on tube return and handling issued by providing laboratories.

  • Further Updates

A further update will be provided in advance of the September diffusion tube exposure date.

12 June 2020

A number of updates have taken place on 12 June 2020. Please follow the links below for more information.

22 May 2020

Local Air Quality Management during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Update

This advice has been agreed between Defra, the Devolved Administrations and the Greater London Authority and is addressed to all UK local authorities and the London boroughs. It provides an update on the previous joint statement issued on 08 April 2020.

  • Diffusion Tube Monitoring:

Local authorities should continue their monitoring work where possible. The next diffusion tube exposure date is scheduled for 3 June 2020. In line with the advice issued on 8 April local authorities and boroughs should continue to apply a flexible approach to maintaining their diffusion tube monitoring networks. This recognises that resource and diffusion tube stock constraints, as well as ongoing social distancing requirements, will impact on individual authority’s and borough’s ability to expose and collect tubes. The importance of avoiding public transport while undertaking LAQM related tasks is emphasised. The July exposure date will be reviewed in mid June.

  • Diffusion Tube Availability:

On 8 April 2020 we advised that a number of laboratories offering diffusion tube preparation and analysis services had closed or were operating at greatly reduced capacity. At present this situation remains largely unchanged. It is important that clear and accurate records are maintained for tubes and sites impacted by a shortage of deployable tubes.

15 April 2020

Defra would like to draw attention to the following call for evidence on the impacts of Covid-19 on air pollution in the UK. The call has been issued by the Defra Air Quality Expert Group. 

https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/news?view=259 

Local authorities are encouraged to consider responding to the call but this should only be in circumstances where they have the resource available to do so.

09 April 2020

A number of updates have taken place on 09 April 2020. Please follow the links below for more information.

  • The 2020 LAQM Report Templates are now available. As per previous years, Regional Groups which include several authorities are able to submit combined reports. Completed reports should be submitted via the RSW system in line with the relevant report submission deadlines. Local authorities are reminded to read all 'blue box' instructions for completing their reporting templates, and also check that their AQMA details are up-to-date as part of the report submittal process and update as necessary. This will reduce the likelihood of report submittals being rejected.

08 April 2020

Local Air Quality Management during the COVID-19 Outbreak

This advice has been agreed by Defra, the Devolved Administrations and the Greater London Authority and is addressed to all UK local authorities and the London boroughs.

The UK and devolved Governments have recently strengthened advice on implementing a regime of strict “Social Distancing”, home working and minimising all but the most essential travel, in order to reduce the risks of exposure and to minimise the spread of the virus. The following advice provides for the current position in relation to the possible impacts that the on-going Covid-19 pandemic may have on your LAQM statutory responsibilities described in Part IV of the Environment Act 1995.

  • Personal Concerns and Preferences:

In line with Government advice, the safety and well-being of individuals is an absolute and the foremost consideration. Where possible therefore, whilst we welcome a continued effort by local authorities and the boroughs to continue to perform routine LAQM tasks, this should not in any way compromise this absolute. We understand that local authority and borough policy and personal concerns around Covid-19 will also influence the ability to complete these tasks during this period.

  • Diffusion Tube Monitoring:

Local authorities and boroughs should continue with their monitoring work where possible. However, where it is not safe to do so, or if resource needs to be deployed elsewhere, there will be no expectation that local authority officers will collect or expose diffusion tubes in line with the 2020 Diffusion Tube Monitoring Calendar on 1 April 2020 and 29 April 2020. A decision on the June exposure date will be taken and communicated in early May.

  • Diffusion Tube Storage:

Some laboratories will either be closing or running a reduced service provision over the coming weeks. Therefore, if your preparation/testing laboratory remains open and is able to operate in a way where dispatch and receipt of exposed tubes remains unaffected, then please continue to return tubes to your provider for analysis accordingly. If the status of your provider remains uncertain, or they are known to be temporarily closed, exposed tubes should be stored within a sealed container or a zip-locked bag in a refrigerator, until such a time that the provider indicates it is ready to recommence operations. Any specific guidance issued by your providing laboratory should be followed with respect to tube return, and standard good practice in relation to hand sanitisation should be followed at all times during handling.

Diffusion tubes typically have a 3 to 4 month shelf life, therefore in circumstances where tubes need to be refrigerated we hope that the samples could still be analysed by the laboratory without compromising the quality of the sample. We strongly advise that local authorities and boroughs keep clear and accurate records on the tubes impacted by these arrangements to manage Covid-19, such that close attention can be paid to the quality of the data gathered.

  • Continuous Monitoring:

Local authorities and boroughs should continue with their monitoring work where possible. The continued provision of quality data from continuous instruments will be an important source of information for the public while Covid-19 restrictions are in place. However, only essential work to ensure integrity of the data should continue, and only where this is safe to do so.

Instrument calibrations and filter exchanges (gaseous and particulate matter instruments): regular calibrations are important for quality assurance and need to be maintained at a regular frequency. Currently, the national network has extended any fortnightly calibrations to a monthly frequency and this should now be adopted by local authorities where fortnightly calibration regimes are currently in place. It may be that an extended period of time between calibrations of up to 3 months could still provide for good quality data and this may be an option for local authorities to consider.

Travel to and from sites: much of the site work is undertaken through the use of private vehicles and this can continue as normal. Where public transport is used individuals should consider government guidance on the use of alternatives and varying travel times to avoid rush hour where possible to reduce the risks of exposure to Covid-19.

Site hygiene and personal hygiene: it is recommended that local authorities continue to maintain the cleanliness of sites in accordance with normal practices. When attending sites, individuals should follow guidelines provided by the Chief Medical Officers for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, namely: regular washing of hands or use of sanitiser gels, or the use of gloves whilst undertaking duties at site.

A few sites will deliver a dual role as both a local authority site and an affiliate to the National monitoring network. In such cases, you will already have had guidance from the Environment Agency and any questions related to data capture risks should be directed to the Environment Agency

  • LAQM Reporting:

Updated reporting templates, associated guidance and tools in relation to the 2020 LAQM statutory reporting responsibilities will be published to the LAQM website shortly. An email communication to accompany the publication will be issued to all registered LAQM users.

The submission deadlines for Annual Status Reports, Annual Progress Reports and Progress Reports remain unchanged. Please contact the relevant authority with the LAQM Helpdesk in copy if you anticipate any difficulties meeting your deadline. Flexibility is available if any local authority or borough will struggle to meet their deadline due to redeployment or other Covid 19 impacts.

  • Keeping Records:

Where possible, we encourage local authorities and boroughs to keep clear and accurate records of those LAQM tasks which have been impacted by Covid-19.

  • LAQM Helpdesk:

The LAQM Helpdesk continues to operate as normal and is your first point of contact for business as usual LAQM queries and any LAQM queries connected to Covid-19. At certain times of day you may experience a short delay before your call is answered. The LAQM Helpdesk will also continue to respond to queries by email promptly.

07 April 2020

We are experiencing an intermittent issue with the LAQM Support telephone line, which we expect to be resolved shortly. In the meantime, the LAQM Helpdesk can be contacted in the usual manner via the dedicated email address, whereby we will be happy to call you back to discuss any queries. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

16 December 2019

The Environment Agency is setting up a new national air quality monitoring network (the ‘UK Urban NO2 Network’; UUNN) to allow the national UK compliance assessment to better reflect local NO2 levels.

This is part of a wider programme of work led by Defra to develop and improve our approach to assessing national NO2 compliance against the Ambient Air Quality Directive (2008/50/EC), in order to better reflect local NO2 levels.

Additional roadside NO2 measurements will be delivered through the nationally coordinated UUNN monitoring network via diffusion tubes with a centralised QA/QC procedure designed to meet the stringent requirements of the national compliance assessment. Measurements will be subject to stricter QA/QC procedures than the recommendations in the LAQM Technical Guidance 16 (TG.16). Modified diffusion tubes enhanced with filters will be used to reduce the effects of wind turbulence, and temperature effects on uptake rates will be taken into account. The net benefit of this approach is to achieve improvements in uncertainty at the UUNN sites. The bias of the modified diffusion tubes will be appraised through network-specific co-location studies with Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN) NOx/NO2 analysers.

UUNN roadside NO2 measurements will initially be focused in areas where local authorities have worked with the Defra / Department for Transport Joint Air Quality Unit or the Devolved Administrations to implement local measures in 2020 and 2021. The network will become operational in two phases, in January 2020 and in January 2021.

We are committed to incorporating local data within the network where possible, and an affiliation process will be established to facilitate this. More details of the affiliation process will be provided in due course.

These new network NO2 measurements will be made publicly available as part of the national NO2 compliance assessment.

Queries about the network should be directed to uun.network@bureauveritas.com.

26 November 2019

The latest summaries of participating laboratories' performance in the AIR-PT scheme for NO2 diffusion tubes have been added and are available via the QA QC Framework Webpage.

6 November 2019

The 2020 Diffusion Tube Monitoring Calendar, providing recommended exposure dates, is now available here.

16 October 2019

The 2019 update of the London Local Air Quality Management Framework (LLAQM) has now been published and is available here.

The 2019 Framework includes a number of revised sections such as updates on the Cleaner Air Borough Status and updates to the LLAQM guidance documents.

15 October 2019

FAQ 138 is now published and describes the method of diffusion tube bias adjustment for local authorities, where there has been a change in supplier/preparation method during the course of a monitoring year. 

Please contact the Helpdesk should you require any clarification.

09 October 2019

Local authorities in England can now apply for the Air Quality Grant Scheme 2019 to 2020. The scheme is dedicated to providing at least £2 million funding to English local authorities in support of the development and/or implementation of measures to improve local air quality.

In particular, Defra are looking for applications with projects designed to:

  • Provide air quality benefits soon (i.e. in next 1 to 2 years); and/or
  • Develop solutions over the longer term by increasing awareness and encouraging behavioural change.

The grant is competitive, with priority given to local authorities that have identified and/or projected exceedances reported in line with the national assessment of air quality, and/or that have one or more Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs).

Applications must be received by midday on 07 November 2019.

Further information about the Air Quality Grant Scheme can be found after registering an interest on Defra’s Bravo online system.  Once registered you will be able to access the Invitation to Apply (ITA) document, which contains detailed information about the Air Quality Grant and Application process.
 
If you have any further queries about the Air Quality Grant Scheme that are not covered in the ITA, please log on to Bravo and use the secure messaging service to communicate with the Authority and seek clarifications. You must state in your clarification message if you do not want the message to be made public to other Applicants. Any queries received through other means will be redirected to use the secure messaging facility on Bravo.
 
If you have any further questions on this year’s Air Quality Grant, please contact air.quality@defra.gov.uk directly. 

17 September 2019

A number of updates have taken place on 17 September 2019. Please follow the links below for more information.

  • The National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet September 2019 Update is now available. We would like to thank all the local authorities who submitted co-location study results. This concludes the final round of National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors for 2018 diffusion tube monitoring data released within 2019. The next update, which will incorporate diffusion tube monitoring data for 2019, is due March 2020 (Round 1 of 3). Local Authorities can return co-location studies for participating diffusion tubes completed within 2019 for inclusion (pending data quality checks) in the next update using the following questionnaire.
  • The summary of NO2 Diffusion Tube precision information has also been updated here.
  • The latest summaries of participating laboratories' performance in the AIR-PT scheme for NO2 diffusion tubes have been added and are available via the QA QC Framework Webpage.

27 June 2019

A number of updates have taken place on 27 June 2019. Please follow the links below for more information.

  • The summary of NO2 Diffusion Tube precision information has also been updated here.

07 May 2019

A number of updates have taken place on 07 May 2019. Please follow the links below for more information:

A full list of Tools is available here.

26 March 2019

A number of updates have taken place on 26 March 2019. Please follow the links below for more information.

  • The summary of NO2 Diffusion Tube precision information has also been updated here.
  • As of the 25th of March 2019, the Greater London Assembly opened an 8 week long consultation on the revised London Local Air Quality Management (LLAQM) framework. The revised LLAQM framework includes a full refresh of the Air Quality Action Matrix and Cleaner Air Borough criteria. It also includes a number of updates to the Policy and Technical Guidance. This consultation is primarily for London boroughs, however other stakeholders are also welcome to comment. The deadline for responses is midday on 20 May 2019. Details of the consultation can be found here: www.london.gov.uk/LLAQM-consultation.

14 January 2019

The government has today published its Clean Air Strategy.

The document sets out an overarching strategy to demonstrate how the government will tackle all sources of air pollution making our air healthier to breathe, protecting nature and boosting the economy. The document complements three other UK government strategies, the:

Industrial Strategy
Clean Growth Strategy
25 Year Environment Plan

This document builds on an extensive consultation process undertaken last year. A document summarising the responses to the consultation has been published alongside the strategy.

Defra would very much like to thank anyone who contributed during the consultation process.

28 November 2018

The latest summaries of participating laboratories' performance in the AIR-PT scheme (formerly WASP) for NO2 diffusion tubes have also been added and are available here.

17 October 2018

The 2019 Diffusion Tube Monitoring Calendar, providing recommended exposure dates, is now available via the Diffusion Tube web page.

26 September 2018

A number of updates have taken place on 26 September 2018. Please follow the links below for more information.

  • The National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet September 2018 Update is now available. We would like to thank all the local authorities who submitted co-location study results. This concludes the final round of National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors for 2017 diffusion tube monitoring data released within 2018. The next update, which will incorporate diffusion tube monitoring data for 2018, is due March 2019 (Round 1 of 3). Local Authorities can return co-location studies for participating diffusion tubes completed within 2018 for inclusion (pending data quality checks) in the next update using the following questionnaire.

  • The summary of NO2 Diffusion Tube precision information has also been updated here.

03 July 2018

A number of updates have taken place on 03 July 2018. Please follow the links below for more information.

  • The National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet July 2018 Update is now available. We would like to thank all the local authorities who submitted co-location study results. Local authorities can continue to return co-location studies for diffusion tubes for inclusion (pending data quality checks) in the next update which is due in September 2018. Click here to download the updated Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet.
  • The summary of NO2 Diffusion Tube precision information has also been updated here.

31 May 2018

The Welsh APR 2018 LAQM Report Template is now available.

As per previous years, Regional Groups which include several authorities are able to submit combined reports. Completed reports should be submitted via the RSW system in line with the relevant report submission deadlines. Local authorities are reminded to check that their AQMA details are up-to-date as part of the report submittal process and update as necessary.

 22 May 2018

The government has today published its Clean Air Strategy for consultation.

As you are aware, air pollution is a significant threat to public health, comparable to cancer, obesity and heart disease. The proposals, which aim to cut air pollution and save lives, include ambitious new goals for particulate matter in line with World Health Organisation recommendations and the introduction of new primary legislation, which will give local government new powers to improve air quality.

 This is the UK’s first Clean Air Strategy to commit to the comprehensive action required across all parts of Government and society to clean up our air. It is one of the first strategies to be published as part of the 25 Year Environment Plan. 

Defra would very much welcome your views on the proposals in order to help shape the final Strategy. The consultation closes on 14 August and details of how to respond are included in the consultation.

If you have any questions on the consultation, please contact:
cleanair.consultations@defra.gsi.gov.uk

26 April 2018

In response to user feedback, the England (not London) ASR 2018 Word template and associated Excel data template have been updatedIt should be noted that the information and template requirements have not changed, rather the explanatory text has been revised to clarify the following:

  • Table A.3 - The monitored values entered in Table A.3 should be those at the location of the monitoring site (bias adjusted and annualised, as required), not those following any fall off with distance correction.
  • Table B.1 - The distance corrected annual mean is only required if the location is not relevant to public exposure and meets the criteria specified in para 7.78 of TG16. If the monitoring location is relevant to annual mean public exposure, please leave the final column blank or add a dash.

29 March 2018

A number of updates have taken place on 29 March 2018. Please follow the links below for more information.

  • The National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet March 2018 Update is now available.  We would like to thank all the local authorities who submitted co-location study results. Local authorities can continue to return co-location studies for diffusion tubes for inclusion (pending data quality checks) in the next update which is due in June 2018. Click here to download the updated Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet.
  • The latest summaries of participating laboratories' performance in the AIR-PT scheme (formerly WASP) for NO2 diffusion tubes have also been added and are available here.
  • The summary of NO2 Diffusion Tube precision information has also been updated here.
  • An updated version of the NO2 Fall off with Distance Calculator is now available. This includes the ability to process multiple diffusion tubes within the same calculation sheet. Click here to download the updated NO2  Fall off with Distance Calculator.

 23 March 2018

A number of updates have taken place on 23 March 2018. Please follow the links below for more information.

  • The RSW system has been updated to allow users to upload their 2018 LAQM Reports (registered users only).

  • With the exception of the Welsh APR template, the 2018 LAQM Report Templates are now available. The Welsh APR template will be released shortly with further notification provided, once available. As per previous years, Regional Groups which include several authorities are able to submit combined reports. Completed reports should be submitted via the RSW system in line with the relevant report submission deadlines. Local authorities are reminded to check that their AQMA details are up-to-date as part of the report submittal process and update as necessary.

  • The National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet March 2018 Update will be available shortly. The cut-off for the inclusion of co-location studies in the March 2018 update has now passed. We would like to thank all the local authorities who have already submitted their co-location study results. Local authorities can continue to return collocation studies for diffusion tubes for inclusion (pending data quality checks) in the June 2018 update.

28 February 2018

An updated version of the LAQM Technical Guidance LAQM.TG16 is now available. This supersedes all previous versions. The key updates are in response to the recent review of the Welsh LAQM framework, and therefore mainly apply to Welsh local authorities.

The update also includes a few other items of clarification and errata, which will apply to all regions, details of which are provided in TG16 Annex D: Log of Changes. Any questions regarding these changes should be directed to the LAQM Helpdesk.

LAQM templates for the 2018 reporting year are in the process of being finalised and will be published shortly. Further correspondence will be issued in due course, once available.

18 December 2017

An updated version of the Emissions Factors Toolkit EFT (v8.0.1) is now available. Version 8.0 should no longer be used. Version 8.0.1 addresses the following issues:

  • Bug fix to correct the bus and coach split on London roads when entering data using the Alternative Technologies traffic format input option only.
  • Bug fixes to allow compatibility with Excel 2007 and 64-bit instances of Excel.

Any users who are concerned about the identified issue with the bus/coach split in London when using Alternative Vehicles input option should contact the Helpdesk for further assistance.

The EFT User Guide (v2) has also been updated to reflect these changes.

13 November 2017

A number of updates have taken place on 13 November 2017. Please follow the links below for more information:

A full list of Tools is available here.

30 October 2017

The 2018 Diffusion Tube Monitoring Calendar, providing recommended exposure dates, is now available on the Diffusion Tube web page here.

10 October 2017

The Air Pollution in the UK 2016 report has been published. This is the latest in a long-running series of annual reports summarising measurements from the national air pollution monitoring networks, operated on behalf of Defra and the Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The report provides the most comprehensive and complete analytical picture of the UK's air pollution during the 2016 calendar year (January to December).

04 October 2017

The latest summaries of participating laboratories' performance in the AIR-PT scheme (formerly WASP), rounds 10 to 21, for NO2 diffusion tubes have  been added and are available here.

03 October 2017

The National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet September 2017 update is now available. The revised bias adjustment factors should be used for all new LAQM work; it is not necessary to update any work already underway with the revised factors. We would like to thank all the local authorities who submitted co-location study results. Local authorities can continue to return co-location studies for diffusion tubes for inclusion (pending data quality checks) in the next update which is due in March 2018. 

Click here to download the updated Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet. 

The associated summaries of NO2 Diffusion Tube lab precision have also been updated here.

23 June 2017

There is new statutory policy guidance on local air quality management in Wales, published following a recent public consultation. Click here to download the guidance.

The Welsh Government has also produced a new website where air pollution and environmental noise maps may be viewed at the same time

In addition, the National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet June 2017 update is now available. We would like to thank all the local authorities who submitted co-location study results. Local authorities can continue to return co-location studies for diffusion tubes for inclusion (pending data quality checks) in the next update which is due in September 2017. 

Click here to download the updated Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet.

The associated summaries of NO2 Diffusion Tube lab precision have also been updated here.

5 May 2017

Defra has today published for consultation a draft plan to improve air quality by reducing levels of nitrogen dioxide. The consultation closes on 15 June 2017.

Alongside the consultation, Defra has also published a Clean Air Zone Framework for England (principles which Local Authorities should follow when setting up Clean Air Zones) and a summary of responses to the ‘Implementation of Clean Air Zones in England' consultation.

10 April 2017

A minor revision to the National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet March 2017 (v2) is now available. Please use this in preference to version 1 of the sheet, released in March. 

We would like to thank all the local authorities who submitted co-location study results. Local authorities can continue to return co-location studies for diffusion tubes for inclusion (pending data quality checks) in the next update which is due in June 2017.

Click here to download the updated Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet.

The associated summaries of NO2 Diffusion Tube lab precision have also been updated here.

7 April 2017

A number of updates have taken place on 7 April 2017. Please follow the links below for more information.

  • The RSW system has been updated, allowing users to upload their 2017 LAQM Reports (registered users only). In addition to all statutory annual reports, Air Quality Action Plans should now be submitted via the updated RSW system for appraisal. Welsh language support is now also provided.

  • Management of AQMAs, including new declarations, amendments and/or revocations to existing AQMAs, should now be made via the ‘AQMAs’ section of the updated RSW system (registered users only). Local authorities are reminded to check their existing AQMA details for accuracy and will now need to confirm on an annual basis at the point of LAQM report submittal that all AQMA details are present and correct. This has to be completed before your report can be submitted.

  • 2017 LAQM Report Templates are now available. As per previous years, Regional Groups which include several authorities are able to submit combined reports. The main changes from previous reporting years are summarised below:

    • England (not London) ASR: To facilitate the completion of the ASR, a separate Excel based template is now provided, which mirrors the tables contained within this reporting template. Local authorities are now required to submit the Excel file with all relevant tables completed via the updated RSW system, in addition to the MS Word or PDF copy of the completed ASR. It is advised that local authorities complete the Excel based tables first, before then copying the completed tables in to the Word ASR template.
    • London ASR: This year, local authorities are required to complete Section 3 Planning Update and Other New Sources of Emissions. This information will be used to assess what is happening across London in terms of controlling emissions from new developments, and will help to inform the revision of the London Plan.
    • Scotland APR: Local authorities must now report on progress against any relevant Cleaner Air for Scotland actions (Section 2.3). There are two mandatory actions which will require commentary, namely Transport – Avoiding Travel (T1) and Climate Change – Effective Co-ordination of Climate Change and Air Quality Policies to Deliver Co-benefits (CC2). Commentary on further actions should be added as appropriate.
    • Wales and Northern Ireland PRs: No significant changes from previous years.

Completed reports should be submitted via the updated RSW system in line with the relevant report submission deadlines.

  • The following LAQM tools have been recently updated:
    • Biomass Emissions Screening Tool v7 – Now includes the ability to screen PM10 emissions from combined biomass combustion installations. The PM2.5 emissions component has also been updated to reflect the statutory objective in Scotland.
    • Industrial Emissions Screening Tool v3 – Where relevant, several of the emissions screening components have been consolidated in order to reduce the overall number of sheets. The PM10 emissions components have also been updated to reflect the present statutory objectives, as opposed to out-of-date proposed particle objectives upon which the previous screening calculator was based on.

A full List of Tools is available here.

31 March 2017

The National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet March 2017 update is now available. We would like to thank all the local authorities who submitted co-location study results. Local authorities can continue to return co-location studies for diffusion tubes for inclusion (pending data quality checks) in the next update which is due in June 2017. Click here to download the updated Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet.

The latest summaries of participating laboratories' performance in the AIR-PT scheme (formerly WASP) for NO2 diffusion tubes have also been added and are available here.

The summary of NO2 Diffusion Tube precision information has also been updated here.

1 March 2017

The Defra and Public Health England Briefing for Directors of Public Health (Air Pollution) toolkit was re-launched today. It provides advice on mitigating the impact of both short term and long term exposure of air pollution, as well as how Directors of Public Health should respond to make local communities aware of high air pollution episodes. Further information about public health can be found here.

6 October 2016

The Joint Air Quality Unit (Defra and DfT) launched the Air Quality Grant 2016-17 on October 6 2016, with an application deadline of noon November 23 2016. For more information on how to apply, visit FAQ 137.

14 July 2016

A number of updates have taken place on 14 July 2016. Please follow the links below for more information.

6 July 2016

The National Diffusion Tube Bias Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet June 2016 update is now available. We would like to thank all the local authorities who submitted co-location study results. Local authorities can continue to return co-location studies for diffusion tubes for inclusion (pending data quality checks) in the next update which is due in September 2016. Click here to download the updated Adjustment Factors Spreadsheet.

The summary of NO2 Diffusion Tube precision information has also been updated here.

10 June 2016

Please note that the Report Submission Website (RSW) has been updated, allowing users to upload their 2016 LAQM Report: Annual Status Report (ASR) for local authorities in England; Annual Progress Report (APR) in Scotland, and LAQM Progress Report in Wales and Northern Ireland.

London Boroughs, who are also required to prepare a separate Annual Summary Status Report (ASSR) alongside their ASR, should submit both reports via the RSW, which allows uploading several associated files before submitting a report.

The report templates for preparing the 2016 LAQM reports are available on the RSW. Alternatively, they can be downloaded on the Report Template LAQM webpage. London Boroughs can also access the relevant templates at https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/pollution-and-air-quality/working-bor