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National Policies & Regulations

CA 2000 Action Plan was prepared by the Environmental Improvement Programme (MEIP) in July, 1992 and it was subsequently approved by the National Environmental Steering Committee (NESC) under the chairmanship of then the secretary, Ministry of Policy Planning & Implementations in October, 1992.


The Ministry of Environment formulated the Clean Air 2025 action plan, which was subsequently approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in 2018, with the primary goal of managing air quality in Sri Lanka. The overarching vision of Clean Air 2025 is to mitigate urban, industrial, and indoor air pollution, striving to maintain air quality at desirable levels by minimizing the emission of harmful air pollutants. This objective is pursued through the implementation of an effective stakeholder participatory mechanism, ensuring the identification, quantification, and monitoring of harmful air pollutants, alongside the establishment of an appropriate regulatory framework. The action plan also acknowledges the imperative for research and development in air quality management (AQM) and emphasizes capacity building, facilitated by sub-regional, regional, and global collaborations. Furthermore, the initiative aims to raise public awareness regarding air pollution, its health and other impacts and actions taken to address related issues. The comprehensive approach outlined in the Clean Air 2025 action plan underscores its commitment to sustainable air quality management in Sri Lanka.


Recognizing the growing problem of air pollution in Colombo, the Cabinet of Ministers, at its meeting held on 17th February 1993 approved the implementation of the "Clean Air 2000 Action Plan"(CA2AP) for air quality management in the Colombo Metropolitan Area (Cabinet Paper 93/250/024). Out of fifty Actions proposedin the Plan, only a fraction of actions (07) could be implemented fully or partly. Although the lack of funds was considered the reason for this situation, it was understood at the Progress Review meeting of the Cabinet appointed Clean Air 2000 Action Plan Implementation Committee that the unavailability of a clean policy on air quality management is a major hindrance for the slow progress. With the GOSL looking towards accelerated industrial expansion as the main engine of future economic growth, maintenance of good air quality would be an added attraction for both foreign investors and tourists to consider Sri Lanka. The national policy on air pollution abatement focuses mainly on Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance; Fuel Reformulation, Pricing and Fleet Mix; Emission Inventory, Monitoring and Reduction; Standard Setting; Institutional Framework and Regulatory Compliance; Economic Instruments; Transport Planning and Traffic Management and Public Awareness.


Sri Lanka published the Mobile Air Emission Standards, Fuel Quality and Vehicle Specification Standards for importation in June 2000 under the gazette extraordinary No. 1137/11. Based on the results of the Urban Air Quality Management Project, the Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources published revised standards for Mobile Emissions, Fuel Quality and Vehicle Importation by its gazette extraordinary No. 1295/11 in June 2003. In present day, VET regulations (Air Emission, Fuel and Vehicle Importation Standards) which are followed by the amendment Motor Traffic Act on 2008 July 09 and Emission Testing and Certification are mandatory and tie to the issuance of the vehicle's Annual Revenue License.

Mobile Air Emission Standards
  • No: 1295/11 dated 30/06/2003 Air Emission. Fuel and Vehicle importation Download
  • Standards Regulations published in Gazette Extraordinary No: 1137/35 dated 23/06/2000 is herby rescinded. Download
  • No: 1557/14 dated 09.07.2008 Air Emission. Fuel and Vehicle Importation Standards Regulation published in Gazette Extraordinary No 1295/11 dated 30/06/2003 is herby amended. Download
  • Ambient Air Quality Regulation, No.850/4 dated 20/12/1994 is hereby amended by Gazette Extraordinary No.1562/22 dated 15/08/2008 Download
  • Amended Regulations published under the Gazette Notification No. 1887/20 dated 05.11.2014 with the corrected Gazette Notification No. 1895/43 dated 02.01.2015 Download
  • Amended Regulations published under the Gazette Notification 1295/ 11 dated 30.06.2003 is hereby amended by Gazette Extraordinary No 2079/42 dated 12.07.2018 Download

These regulations enable the Commissioner-General of Motor Traffic to authorize officers of the Motor Traffic Department to carry out tests to ensure that motor vehicles comply with the permissible noise levels. The Motor Traffic (Vehicular Horn) Regulations have been formulated by the Transport Ministry and would apply to vehicles locally manufactured, assembled, fabricated, innovated, adapted or designed in Sri Lanka, and those imported into the country, according to the local media reports. The permissible noise levels emanating from vehicle horns have been specified in the National Environment (Vehicle Horn) Regulation.

  • No:924/12 dated 23/05/1996
  • No: 973/7 dated 30/04/1997
  • No. 1738/37 dated 29/12/2011

Updated National Determine contribution plan Download

Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)

It is also important to understand the contribution of VET programme activities to the 2030 sustainable development agenda. Given that the activities of the programme span across economic, social, and environmental domains, there are multiple sustainable development goals that directly and indirectly relate to them:

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Target 3.9 : By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.

Target by the VET Programme : Improving ambient air quality by increasing the number of vehicles complying to emissions standards.

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for All.

Target 4.3 : By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational, and tertiary education, including university.

Target 4.4 : By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs, and entrepreneurship.

Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all

Target 8.6: By 2030, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education, or training

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Target 9.5 : Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending

Target by the VET Programme : Increase number of air quality related research conducted in Sri Lanka to create a conducive environment to translate the findings into actionable policies

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable

Target 11.6 : By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

Target by the VET Programme : Improving ambient air quality by increasing the number of vehicles complying to emissions standards

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

TARGET 17.18 : By 2030, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts

Target by the VET Programme : By 2030, provide air quality data disaggregated at the sub-national level, with the collaboration with relevant stakeholders