Auckland air quality report July 2023
Author:Louis Boamponsem, Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU
Source:Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU
No exceedance of the National Environmental Standard for Air Quality (NESAQ) has occurred year to date. As in the previous year, the highest concentrations of both PM10 and PM2.5 were recorded at the city centre Queen Street site. The dust generated by the ongoing construction activities in the city centre (e.g., the City Rail Link project) is a primary factor.
As expected, the city centre sites have also recorded the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations. The average (NO2) concentration recorded within the first six months of this year at the Queen Street site is 37% higher than the same period of the previous year. Increased traffic volume is the likely cause. During the first quarter of the year, Auckland Transport's data on traffic volume at the City Centre Screenline intersections indicates an 18% increase in monthly traffic volume compared to the previous year.
It is important to note that air quality at a monitoring site can vary from year to year due to weather and other influences (See Auckland air quality report, October 2021. For a brief short-term trend analysis of key pollutants concentration changes, please see Table 2.
Where to view our data
Full state and trends analyses and reports are prepared every few years (the most recent report is Trends in Auckland’s air quality 2006-2018).
The 2022 Annual data report is available on the Knowledge Auckland website.
See also, the frequently asked questions about the Auckland air quality monitoring programme.
This edition includes a focus on the Penrose air quality monitoring site.
Auckland Council, July 2023
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