Air quality in Newham

We monitor the levels of air pollution in the borough. We do this by checking the type and amount of pollution in the air and by using the law to control industrial pollution. 

What causes air pollution? 

The main sources of pollution are: 

  • Road traffic 

  • Fossil fuels burned for energy and heating 

  • Emissions (waste products) from industry and manufacturing 

  • Dust from building works. 

Air quality: our duties 

We investigate and regulate nuisance caused by industry, construction and other businesses, for example we: 

  • Regulate the emissions from industrial sources and building sites 

  • Check the air quality within the borough 

  • Look into bonfires and dark smoke given off by businesses premises 

  • Provide air-quality data, information and technical support 
  • Give you an up-to-date air-quality service when pollution is high (airTEXT). 


Report dust, smoke or other nuisances

For complaints about odour from large industry:

Email: [email protected]

Call us on 020 3373 0643

If you need help out of office hours call the Initial Response Team on 020 8472 9624

If you think you smell gas, call The National Grid immediately on 0800 111 999

Report air pollution