Seven streets in Scotland hold illegal levels of NO2

Seven streets in Scotland hold illegal levels of NO2

Recent study by Friends of the Earth Scotland shows that seven streets in Scotland are in breach of the legal limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO₂).

Scotland’s first-ever Low Emission Zone (LEZ) came into effect in Glasgow back in 2018, however it is reported that air pollution was higher in many parts of the country in 2019.

Hope Street in Glasgow is the street with the highest level of NO₂, with an annual average of 55.63/m3, well above the EU’s limit of 40ug /m3. Nicholson Street in Edinburgh, Seagate and Lochee Road in Dundee, Academy Street in Inverness, and St Johns Road in Edinburgh were also all found to be above the legal limit.

Friends of the Earth Scotland’s air pollution campaigner, Gavin Thomson, said: “These figures are shameful. They show that air pollution is failing to improve across Scotland, which means millions of us are at risk of serious health conditions, like asthma, heart attacks, and strokes.”

Under Bronze requirement ‘O2 – Fuel, emissions and air quality,’ members are required to have a policy and procedures in place to monitor fuel consumption and environmental impact. The policy and procedures must include how engine-idling is minimised to reduce fuel waste and unnecessary emissions. An anti-idling toolkit is available on the FORS website and offers practical advice and top tips to help operators reduce unnecessary vehicle idling. The toolkit will support operators in implementing and communicating anti-idling measures, thus contributing towards a successful anti-idling campaign.

To learn more on the study conducted by Friends of the Earth Scotland, click here.