Clean air

Air pollution has been shown to cause lung cancer, and worsen heart and lung disease.
We need to clean up our air now - for our health and our planet.

As the latest data from the World Health Organisation reveals, air pollution is dangerously high in cities and towns across Wales.

Cardiff, Chepstow, Newport, Port Talbot and Swansea are all failing WHO standards for fine particle air pollution.

According to research, air pollution from particulates can cause lung cancer, and worsen heart and lung disease.

We must clean up our air NOW - for our health and our planet.

Friends of the Earth Cymru is a member of the coalition Healthy Air Cymru, who are calling on the Welsh Government to take urgent action on air pollution.

We are calling for:

  • a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) framework to ensure the consistent and effective implementation of clean air zones by local authorities, wherever they are needed

  • improvements to local authority reporting on air quality issues in their areas and their plans to deal with them

  • the establishment of a national air quality assessment and monitoring centre for Wales, to advise local and national government on the extent of poor air quality and the effectiveness of current and future actions

  • the delivery of an on-going air quality campaign and other interventions to raise public awareness of poor air quality and to change behaviour


Haf Elgar, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, said

“Wales needs a clear, comprehensive and funded Clean Air Plan, including effective Clean Air Zones to protect people from exposure to pollution from all vehicles in our polluted towns and cities. There must be better monitoring of air quality across Wales, and an infrastructure which enables active travel with safe walking and cycling routes.

We look forward to working with the Welsh Government, the Assembly and other experts to develop these proposals as a matter of urgency.”

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