Clean Air Day

Let's protect our children's health from air pollution this #CleanAirDay - 17 June.

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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Engine idling

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.

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Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

Aberdeen City Council are currently looking at options for a Low Emission Zone in Aberdeen.

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.

8 options have been identified for public and stakeholder consultation and detailed traffic and air quality modelling.

Public and stakeholder engagement on the options took place during September and October 2020 and the findings of this are being analysed.

Read more about the LEZ

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Cargo Bike Project

As work progresses to identify and deliver a 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 businesses in Aberdeen city centre for a free trial of up to one year.

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

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

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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

Many of us are home working at the moment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 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 and increase capacity to allow social distancing on public transport.