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Ban on Wood Stoves – The Facts

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There will be no doubt you will have seen some misleading headlines about a possible ban on wood stoves and the dangers of using them. However, the Environmental Improvement Plan clearly states that the government is not considering a ban on domestic burning in England and it recognises that some households are reliant on solid fuel burning for heating, hot water and cooking. Additionally, a ban on domestic outdoor burning would be considered disproportionate, however improvements are being considered in reducing impacts that solid fuel burning has on air quality. The Environmental Improvement Plan outlines further measures relating to clean air and emissions from the home. This includes proposals to tighten the limits that fuels in Smoke Control Areas must meet, reducing the limit from 5g of smoke per hour to a maximum of 3g.

Some key points to consider when addressing the current misconceptions:

  • Government is not considering a ban on domestic burning in England.
  • Use of modern wood burning stoves can help to improve air quality inside the home due to the natural draught created when the stove is in operation and used properly.
  • There are many other sources of particulate matter (PM) in the home, including cooking, that can release far higher levels of PM compared to modern wood burning stoves; Modern Ecodesign compliant stoves produce 90% less particulate emissions than an inefficient open fire.
  • HETAS Cleaner Choice certified products must demonstrate a 50% improvement on Clean Air particulate emissions, with some achieving as much as 70% improvement.
  • The actual PM contribution of modern wood-burning stoves is estimated by the UK government’s official figures at just 1-2%.
  • A modern stove will use less than a third of the amount of wood compared to an open fire to provide the same heat output.
  • 70% of wood burnt in London is done so on open fires – this is inefficient and an offence in smoke control areas.


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New Regulations for Fuel

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Did you know that new regulations on fuel have been passed in the House of Parliament and the House of Lords in recent weeks. The Air Quality Regulations become effective from the 1st May 2021 and will restrict the sale of solid fuels.

 

The basic upshot of the new law is the banning of wet wood and house coal in England. We’re feeling really positive about this change as it will promote real change with dry wood and smokeless mineral fuels being the only ones available to purchase.

So, how will you know that the fuel you are buying is legal? All certified fuel providers will sign up to the Ready to Burn Certification scheme with its clear logo. Seeing this logo will give you the assurance that you are buying legal fuel.

 

This law will make a massive difference to the environmentally responsible us of solid fuels and will be a significant step in the battle to reduce particulate emissions and towards better air quality.


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Smoke Control Legislation

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The Clean Air Acts of 1956 and 1968 were introduced to deal with the huge smog problems of the 50s and 60s. The Acts give local authorities the power to control emissions of smoke, grit, dust and fumes. One of the powers the Acts confer is the right to declare ‘smoke control areas’ in which emissions of smoke from domestic properties are banned.

These Acts together with associated Clean Air legislation were consolidated into the Clean Air Act 1993 which provide the current legislation.

You can contact your local authority to see if you live in a smoke control area. The maximum fine for emitting smoke in a control area is £1000 for each offence.