Air quality

For today's
air quality update
see the
RAQI
  (regional air quality index)
Thumbnail: AQI map

DECC's air quality monitoring network informs the public about air quality by updating the regional air quality index (RPI) twice daily, providing 24-hour summaries and issuing quarterly air quality monitoring reports.

There are many substances in the air which may impair human health as well as the health of plants and animals, or reduce visibility. Urban air pollution arises from emissions from motor vehicles, major industry, commercial operations and domestic activities.

DECC encourages and supports industry and the broader community to adopt cleaner air practices through a range of education and clean air initiatives. DECC's role includes gathering information on urban air quality to keep people informed and as a basis for appropriate responses to air-related issues.

NSW State of the Environment 2006 provides a comprehensive report on air quality in NSW: see Chapter 3: Atmosphere.

DECC's survey Who Cares about the Environment in 2006 shows that air quality, along with water issues, continue to be the two most important environmental issues for people in NSW. We can all make a contribution to reducing air pollution.

DECC toolkits help local councils play an important role in regulating and reducing local sources of air pollution:

Local government air quality toolkit provides local councils with information on the sources and impacts of air pollution, the regulatory framework for protecting air quality in NSW, and air quality management procedures and technologies.

Woodsmoke pollution toolkit to assist councils to develop and run local community education campaigns to reduce smoke emissions from wood heaters.

Page last updated: 26 February 2011