The global air quality monitoring system market size was valued at USD 5.13 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2% from 2023 to 2030. Rising levels of pollutants in the atmosphere and stringent government norms and regulations for monitoring pollution are likely to drive product demand. Moreover, in recent years, casualties have risen significantly due to respiratory diseases resulting from environmental pollution. This is expected to propel product demand subsequently.
Air pollution is a major threat to environmental balance. It significantly influences the atmosphere, resulting in acid rain, a rise in toxicity levels, and global warming. Increasing demand for work environment safety is leading to the rising adoption of air quality monitoring systems in manufacturing, automotive, and oil and gas industries. Mishaps such as the Bhopal gas leak disaster and the Aliso Canyon disaster have raised awareness regarding monitoring the presence of pollutants in the atmosphere.
The increasing government initiatives for environmental conservation, such as providing funds for installing air quality monitoring systems and smart city initiatives, are expected to boost market growth over the forecast period. For instance, in November 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disclosed its allocation of $53.4 million from President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act and American Rescue Plan to support 132 air monitoring initiatives across 37 states. This funding aims to elevate the quality of air quality monitoring in various communities throughout the U.S.
Recent years have seen many tie-ups between government agencies and private organizations. Large companies such as Honeywell International Inc. and Intel Corporation are collaborating with government agencies around the globe to protect the environment. These partnerships aim to develop sensor networks and intelligent systems for monitoring air and water quality. Under the Clean Air Act, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments founded the Clean Air Partners in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, and WGL Holdings, Inc. Clean Air Partners has deployed monitoring systems across the Baltimore-Washington region and provides current and forecasted air quality data for the area.
There has been a significant rise in atmospheric pollution in megacities worldwide, such as Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Onitsha, Zabol, Aba, Riyadh, Delhi, Dhaka, and Kolkata. Vehicles are a major contributor to pollution, emitting toxic elements such as particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. Particulates are highly carcinogenic as they possess the ability to penetrate deep into the lungs and bloodstream, which could result in permanent DNA mutations and even heart attacks.
As a result, governments have taken initiatives to limit the release of pollutants in the atmosphere. For instance, the Government of India aims to install 300 real-time air quality monitoring systems nationwide by 2024 as a part of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) initiated in 2017. Additional government initiatives for developing smart cities include digitalizing a city's infrastructure, including transportation systems and wireless sensors, which are also expected to drive product demand.
The market is witnessing trends such as a rise in the availability of low-cost sensor networks, the development of wireless communication, crowdsourcing, and growing public awareness about environment conservation. For instance, in January 2023, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) introduced a groundbreaking technology to revolutionize air quality monitoring. This innovative solution is designed to provide more accurate and real-time data on air quality levels, contributing to better environmental management and public health.
Although air quality monitoring systems are increasingly being adopted, high purchasing costs and costs associated with maintaining these systems are expected to restrain market growth to a certain extent. The price of an air quality monitoring system ranges between USD 100 and USD 250. Furthermore, these systems have a filter that must be replaced regularly. A single air filter costs approximately USD 25, which may only be affordable for some users.
The chemical segment, which includes harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, dominated the market with the highest revenue share of 59.4% in 2022. Based on chemical pollutants, the market has been segmented into nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur oxides (SOX), carbon oxides (COX), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and others. The carbon dioxide segment held the largest share, which can be attributed to a rise in the number of factories and vehicles, a major source of COx emissions. Besides, carbon dioxide monitoring systems are extensively used for capnography in anesthesia and intensive medical services.
On the other hand, the physical segment is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 7.5% over the forecast period, owing to rising awareness regarding particulate matter's health and environmental effects. Particulate matter of fewer than 10 micrometers can cause cardiovascular morbidity among older adults and children below ten. In response to the health risks associated with particulate matter, government agencies such as the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment have laid down regulations for manufacturing industries about the emission of particulate matter.
The outdoor segment dominated the market with the highest revenue share of 65.5% in 2022. As a result of increased integration activities of these systems with other smart city infrastructures such as smart poles, traffic systems, and streetlight solutions, government mandates for the use of air quality monitoring devices in industries such as oil and gas and pharmaceuticals are another factor driving the growth of the segment. The outdoor segment is bifurcated into fixed and portable segments. Fixed systems accounted for a larger share in 2022, fueled by a significant rise in air quality monitoring station installations in public places.
The indoor segment is expected to witness the fastest CAGR of 7.6% over the forecast period. Indoor monitoring systems are being increasingly adopted due to the growing popularity of smart homes and green buildings. Most people spend 75% to 85% of their daily time indoors. Several air impurities can cause respiratory disorders, allergies, and other ailments, which is a major factor attributed to the growth of the indoor segment. The indoor segment is further classified into portable and physical. The portable indoor air quality monitoring devices accounted for the largest CAGR of the indoor segment in 2022. These systems provide benefits such as analog or digital output options, the limited sample volume required for air quality analysis, and real-time monitoring capability. Portable indoor devices are expected to gain significant traction over the forecast period due to the rise in the emission of VOCs and growing awareness regarding health risks arising from VOCs.
North America dominated the air quality monitoring system market with the largest revenue share of 37.7% in 2022. It can be attributed to rising levels of acid rain in the region, which has caused 90% of lakes in North America to be acidic. The governments, in response, have mandated strict implications for monitoring the air quality, which will propel market growth. Also, the well-established distribution channels of leading manufacturers bode well for market growth.
Asia Pacific is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 8.7% during the forecast period, owing to the increasing prevalence of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases owing to air pollution in various cities across the region. Of the 30 global cities with the worst air quality index (AQI) in 2022, Asia Pacific is home to 24 cities. Besides, favorable government initiatives bode well for market growth in the region. For instance, the Government of India has mandated that manufacturing companies submit real-time air quality data to India's Central Pollution Control Board (CBCB).
The hardware held the largest market share of 53.1% in 2022, owing to modernized designs with real-time applications. The large share of this segment can be attributed to the increasing number of system integrators in the market. Some multinational conglomerates perform the work of system integration and, therefore, purchase hardware such as sensors and displays from component manufacturers. With the Internet of Things (IoT), air quality monitoring devices have gained wide exposure. Newer units offer great connectivity and the potential to further relay real-time insights. The hardware is highly compatible with the software to capture data for air temperature, dust particles, VOCs, and carbon dioxide.
The software segment is projected to register the fastest CAGR of 8.3% over the forecast period. The growth of the software segment can be attributed to the increasing demand for these devices from smart city authorities. These authorities focus on integrating different systems, such as environmental monitoring systems, traffic monitoring solutions, and parking management devices in a city, into a single software solution. Moreover, industries such as chemicals, oil and gas, and pharmaceuticals widely adopt air quality monitoring software for remote monitoring.
The commercial segment dominated the market with the highest revenue share of 40.9% in 2022. Government agencies and defense product types handle highly sensitive and classified information, including national security data, intelligence reports, confidential government documents, and citizens' personally identifiable information (PII). Protecting this data from unauthorized access, breaches, and cyberattacks is paramount. Air quality monitoring system solutions protect government endpoints robustly, ensuring critical data's confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
The industrial segment is expected to witness the fastest CAGR of 7.5% over the forecast period. The growth of the industrial segment is attributable to the increasing adoption of air quality monitoring systems by various industries in response to stringent government mandates. The industrial segment is fragmented into oil and gas, manufacturing, food and beverages, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and other industries. The oil and gas segment dominated the industrial end-use segment in 2022. Growing demand for natural gas and petroleum has led to the rapid expansion of oil and gas pipeline infrastructure. Also, various oil and gas producers and distribution companies in the U.S. are actively collaborating to devise measures for reducing methane emissions.
Mergers and acquisitions, product launches, investment in R&D activities, and collaborations are major strategies key players adopt to enhance their business portfolio and geographical expansion. Moreover, most companies' air quality monitoring systems are based on UV absorption and chemiluminescence measurement principles. Also, companies are developing cloud-based dashboards that display real-time information on the city's air quality.
Companies are also emphasizing expanding their production capacity. For instance, in October 2021, Ricardo, an international firm specializing in engineering, environmental, and strategic consulting, entered a three-year partnership to deliver premier air quality monitoring and data analysis services across the Middle East region. Collaborating closely with Envirozone LLC, a leading provider of air monitoring equipment, Ricardo planned to audit & validate data and ensure the quality of information derived from a world-class monitoring network in Saudi Arabia's capital. This initiative was carried out with the Royal Commission for Riyadh City.
In August 2023, Wayne County intended to initiate a three-year comprehensive program, with a budget of $2.7 million, aimed at installing 100 air-quality monitors. These monitors were planned to be strategically positioned on streetlights and other posts across all 43 communities within the county. The primary objective of this initiative was to monitor and assess the levels of various air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, ozone, black carbon, and other particulate matter.
In April 2022, Oizom introduced its latest advancement: AQBot, an industrial-grade air quality monitoring device focused on a single parameter. This compact and lightweight device has various features, catering to industries and consultants seeking precise monitoring of specific target pollutants. AQBot was unveiled in a webinar that drew an audience of around 250 participants from over 30 countries.
In February 2022, Honeywell unveiled its latest innovation, the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) monitor. This cutting-edge device enhances indoor air quality by notifying building owners and operators about potential concerns. This monitor can reduce the chances of spreading airborne contaminants by taking a proactive approach. This compact device features a touchscreen interface for the Make in India initiative. It is engineered to measure crucial IAQ indicators such as temperature, relative humidity, and indoor air pollutants. Furthermore, it offers an IAQ index determined by the gathered data.
Market size value in 2023
USD 5.45 billion
Revenue forecast 2030
USD 8.88 billion
CAGR of 7.2% from 2023 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2017 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Product type, pollutant, component, end-use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA
U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Japan; China; India; Australia; South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; UAE
Key companies profiled
3M; HORIBA Scientific; General Electric; Aeroqual; Emerson Electric Co.; Seimens; Merck KGaA; Teledyne Technologies Incorporated.; Testo SE & Co. KGaA; Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global air quality monitoring system market report based on product type, pollutant, component, end-use, and region:
Product Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Systems
Fixed Indoor Systems
Portable Indoor Systems
Outdoor Air Quality Monitoring Systems
Fixed Outdoor Systems
Portable Outdoor Systems
Pollutant Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Volatile Organic Compounds
Component Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Oil & Gas
Food & Beverages
Regional Outlook (Revenue in USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Middle East & Africa
b. The global air quality monitoring system market size was estimated at USD 5.13 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 5.45 billion in 2023.
b. The global air quality monitoring system market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.2% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 8.88 billion by 2030.
b. North America dominated the air quality monitoring system market with a share of 37.7% in 2022. This is attributable to rising levels of pollutants in the atmosphere as well as stringent government norms and regulations for monitoring pollution.
b. Some key players operating in the air quality monitoring system market include 3M; Emerson Electric Co.; General Electric Company; HORIBA, Ltd.; Merck; Siemens AG; Teledyne Technologies Incorporated; and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
b. Key factors that are driving the market growth include increasing levels of air pollution, supportive government initiatives, and public-private partnerships for the protection of the environment.
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