From 21st February 2020 the UK government announces a new bill on wood burner fuel stoves, which adds to measures already in place to tackle air pollution. The plans are to phase out the sale of coal and wet wood for domestic burning and encourage the use of cleaner fuels in the home.
Cosy open fires and wood-burning stoves are at the heart of many homes up and down the country, but the use of certain fuels means that they are also one of the biggest source of pollutants. By moving towards the use of cleaner fuels its hoped everyone can play a part in reducing pollution.
The Facts –
Very simply, standard household coal and wet wood will soon be banned from sale in the UK, but dry wood and smokeless coal are here to stay. The good thing is that they not only produce less smoke and pollution than wet wood or coals but are also cheaper and more efficient to burn.
The Details –
Under the new plans, bagged house coal will be banned by February 2021, while the sale of loose coal direct to consumers from coal merchants will be banned by February 2023. The phase-out of wet wood will also begin in February 2021, although it may remain on sale for some time after that to allow existing stocks to be used up.
This is the latest step in delivering on the challenge the UK Government has set itself, in its world-leading Clean Air Strategy. The UK will continue to be ambitious and innovative in tackling air pollution from all sources, as it works towards its goal to halve air pollution by 2030.