Clean Air Day

Air polution dirties every organ in your body. Take steps to improve your health this #CleanAirDay - 15 June 2023

23% of vehicle trips in Scotland are under one mile. Travelling on foot or by bike for short trips is a great way to reduce these car journeys, as well as benefitting your physical and mental health.

Ever wondered about how your own activities contribute to air pollution? Try Global Action Plan's Air Pollution Calculator to see your impact and what you can do to make a difference.

Read more about the ongoing air quality work by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils.

Find out what we are doing to support clean air in the North East:

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Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

A new Low Emission Zone in Aberdeen was introduced on 30 May 2022. Following a two year 'grace period', enforcement of the LEZ is due to start on 1 June 2024.

Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are intended to improve health by reducing pollution from road traffic. Within a LEZ, the only vehicles that can be driven are those which meet set standards for exhaust emissions.

Read more about the LEZ

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Travel choices

Travel Planning and choosing the best way for you to travel for different purposes is a good way of helping to reduce emissions and improve air quality.

  • Do you need to travel?
  • Could you walk or cycle?
  • Take public transport?
  • If you have to drive, could you park and ride or park and stride?
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Home working

The Covid pandemic transformed how many of us worked, with remote and home working becoming the norm for many. Two years on, many of us now have hybrid working patterns.

Not travelling to work helps to reduce emissions and improve air quality.

Many workers still need to travel to and for work. But could you work more flexibly? Particularly avoiding travelling at peak times?

This could help to reduce not only emissions and improve air quality but reduce congestion too.

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Cargo Bike Project

To complement the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Aberdeen city centre, funding under this project has allowed Getabout partners, Nestrans, to secure six e-cargo bikes.

These bikes are available to organisations across the north east for a free trial of up to one year.

The bikes are doing all sorts of jobs - from food deliveries to working with Aberdeen's countryside Rangers!

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Engine idling

On those occasions where you need to use the car, make sure not to let your engine idle.

Engine idling is when you vehicle's engine is running when you are parked or stationary.

Idling increases the amount of exhaust fumes which contain carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. These emissions are bad for the environment and can cause lung disease. 

Unnecessary idling is against the law, and it can damage your car, waste fuel and pollute the environment - in fact every 10 minutes of idling contributes one pound of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere!

The RAC recommends that motorists turn off their engines if they think they are not going to move for around two minutes. You can also read more from the RAC about stop-starting.

Hydrogen vehicles


The North East of Scotland is currently working on a number of projects related to hydrogen, including the production of hydrogen for use as a transport fuel.

Read more from H2 Aberdeen about the work to progress Aberdeen's hydrogen economy