Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality.
Summary of ambient air quality in 2019 based on concentration measurements of particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, heavy metals, ozone, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and benzene.
Air Advice Note No. 1
The aim of this Advice Note is to provide concise ‘best-practice guidance for the completion of a Solvent Management Plan (SMP)
Date released: November 02, 2023
EPA launches a National Air Quality ForecastThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today launched a national air quality forecast to provide greater information to the public regarding expected air quality in Ireland for up to three days - “Today", “Tomorrow” and the “Day after Tomorrow”.
Date released: September 24, 2023
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its annual air quality report ‘Air Quality in Ireland 2022’.
Date released: August 21, 2023
Sheol an Ghníomhaireacht um Chaomhnú Comhshaoil (GCC) agus Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe an tionscadal um Eolaíocht Saoránach ar a dtugtar Aer Glan Le Chéile (Cathair na Gaillimhe) inniu chun sonraí nua a bhailiú maidir le cáilíocht an aeir i gCathair na Gaillimhe.
Air quality in Ireland is generally good however there are localised issues due to the burning of smoky fuel or emissions from transport in dense urban areas.
How often is the Air Quality Forecast updated?
Twice a day, once in the morning (by 9:30) and once in the evening (by 19:30).
Why do we need an Air Quality Forecast?
The forecast gives everyone in Ireland the air quality information they need to plan their outdoor activities to reduce potential exposure to poor air quality. The forecast also helps to increase awareness of air quality issues and to remind us all to take steps to reduce air pollution in Ireland.
What is the Air Quality Forecast and what does it forecast?
Air Quality Forecast Maps predicts daily air quality for:
Air quality is presented with different daily maps, including:
How does the air quality map work?
The air-quality map colour-codes the readings from the air quality monitoring stations in Ireland. The map can be viewed at: https://www.airquality.ie
The readings are based on the current air quality index (1 to 10) as it relates to health. This is called the Air Quality Index for Health (AQIH) status. The monitoring stations map updates at least once an hour.
The air quality readings are colour-coded from 1 being good (light green) to 10 being very poor (purple).
Green is good
Typically, most air quality monitoring stations are green. This shows the quality of the air is good.
Blue means no automatic update available in this area
If a station is blue, it means that it does not update data automatically. Instead, the air quality reading must first be analysed in a laboratory before we can report on air quality.
Grey means information not available at this time
If a station is displayed in grey on the map there may be:
You can see all EPA air quality reports and the latest air quality bulletin in our Reports and Bulletins.
This map also presents the twice daily updated Air Quality Forecast maps. These show the expected air quality for:
What is the best way to find out what the current air quality conditions are in my area?
There are several options to get information on air quality in Ireland.