What We Are Doing
The four Dublin Local Authorities (Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council) have prepared a Draft Dublin Region Air Quality Plan, to reduce levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in ambient air in Dublin. The draft plan is now open for public consultation and the final version of the Dublin Region Air Quality Plan, must be completed and submitted to the European Union by the end of 2021.
Why We Are Doing It
In 2019, the annual limit value for nitrogen dioxide at one of the air quality monitoring stations in Dublin – St. Johns Road West was exceeded. All other pollutants measured were within EU limit values. When an exceedance is found, there is a formal process to inform the European Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
They issued a formal notification to the Local Authorities concerned to prepare the plan. The EPA informed the Local Authorities of the need for the new plan for nitrogen dioxide exceedance in December 2020 and a team representing the four Dublin Local Authorities was assembled and has prepared the draft plan for Public Consultation. The final plan must be completed and issued to the EU Commission by the end of 2021.
How Can You Participate In The Public Consultation?
The draft plan is now subject to a four (4) week period of public consultation, which runs from Monday 18th October 2021 to Monday 15th November 2021. The Public Consultation will give interested members of the public the opportunity to share their views and input to the draft plan. A copy of the draft plan can be viewed here .
Copies of the draft Air Quality Plan will also be available for consultation by members of the public at the head offices of all four Local Authorities, in their respective Libraries and online.
The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) determination is also available to view here and at head offices of all four Local Authorities and in each of their respective Libraries.
You can make your submission in the following ways, up to Monday 15th November 2021:
Online At: Dublin City Council’s Consultation Hub, available online here.
In Writing To: Air Quality Monitoring and Noise Control Unit, Environment & Transportation Department, Block 3 Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.