Clean Air: Analysis and Solutions

The Clean Air programme is led by the Met Office and NERC, and we are working in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Innovate UK, the Medical Research Council (MRC), the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the Government Office for Science (GO-Science), the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and the Department for Transport (DfT).

Air pollution is responsible for up to 40,000 early deaths and a cost of up to £20 billion to health services and businesses every year in the UK. The programme will investigate the links between emissions, atmospheric processes, air quality, its impacts, and policy action. By improving our ability to understand current and future changes in sources, emissions and atmospheric processes, researchers aim to develop improved understanding, analysis and predictive capability from a local to international scale.

The programme will support multidisciplinary research and innovation to stimulate solutions for clean air through predictive understanding of future air quality challenges, a systems approach to analysis, new technologies and innovative policy and practical interventions to benefit vulnerable groups, improve public health and support clean growth.

The programme will be delivered through five pillars:

  1. Systems framework for Clean Air Analysis
  2. Predict future changes in sources, emissions and atmospheric processes
  3. Predict exposure and health impacts of vulnerable groups
  4. Catalyse innovation in technology, business models and policy best practice
  5. Evidence the effectiveness and health benefits of solutions


Learn more about this programme in our Science Plan.