Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
There are two main types of air pollution:
These can be produced in a number of different ways. Manufacturing processes, particularly those that use chemicals and machinery, can cause air pollution. Less obviously 'dirty' processes, such as cleaning and packaging goods, can also produce harmful emissions.
Most types of business can cause air pollution if they are not run properly. Some businesses are particularly at risk of creating air pollution, including:
Sources of air pollution from business premises include:
Air pollution impacts seriously on the environment in a number of ways. Emissions of greenhouse gases contribute to climate change and ozone-depleting substances create larger holes in the ozone layer. This type of pollution also increases the acidity of rain, which causes damage to buildings, land, fresh water and sea water, wildlife and plants.
There are many associated risks to human health from air pollution. Those who are exposed to poor air quality can face an increased risk of developing or exacerbating a range of illnesses including lung and breathing problems, skin conditions, cancer and organ damage.
Causes and effects of air pollution
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