To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average proportion was of total exposure to concentrations of fine particles (PM2.5) in 2020 for people in each of (a) England (b) Northern Ireland (c) Wales and (d) Scotland from naturally occurring sources such as pollen and sea spray.
18 March 2022
Assessment of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is undertaken on an annual basis to understand the key sources and contributions to PM2.5 in the UK, as well as to assess compliance with legally binding air quality standards.
Compliance in 2020 was detailed in the Air Pollution in the UK report (2020) published in Sept 2021 (available here: https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/annualreport/). Further analysis is ongoing and a follow up technical modelling report, detailing the source apportionment undertaken for 2020, will be published on our UK Air website in the coming weeks.