Air Pollution

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th February 2019.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what are the main sources of particulate matters in (a) urban and (b) rural areas.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government does not break down pollution sources into urban and rural areas; however, we do publish pollution emission maps, which are available on BEIS National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory website: http://naei.beis.gov.uk/emissionsapp/.

The main emissions sources of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) on a national scale are domestic solid fuel burning (38% in 2016), industrial sources (16%) and road transport (12%), including brake and tyre wear.

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