Owners of wood burners, stoves and open fires will no longer be able to buy house coal or wet wood, under a ban to be rolled out from next year. Sales of the two most polluting fuels will be phased out in England to help cut air pollution, the government says. Bags of logs sold in DIY stores, garden centres and petrol stations often contain wet wood - a type of wood which produces more pollution and smoke.
Over the last few decades, tackling the biggest individual sources of pollution has been the government's priority. The worst impacts of air pollution have been addressed through regulations, industry investment in cleaner processes and a move towards renewable energy. Even so, exposure to airborne pollution is still one of the UK’s biggest public health challenges, shortening lifespans and damaging many people’s quality of life, as well as harming our natural environment.
As the more major sources of emissions have decreased, the impact of smaller sources – such as heating homes and even cleaning with certain solvents – has become more evident. In response to this shift and in line with recommendations from the World Health Organisation, the government has adopted ambitious, legally binding targets to reduce emissions and tackle public exposure to particulate matter pollution.
Many people will be unaware of how emissions produced by wood-burning appliances in their homes and businesses increase their exposure to pollutants and contribute significantly to the country’s overall emissions. It’s been found that burning wood and coal in open fires and stoves makes up 38% of the UK’s primary emissions of fine particulate matter (PM) - a high percentage compared to what is produced by industrial combustion (16%) and road transport (12%). Woodburning stoves, pizza ovens and outdoor appliances such as firepits have seen a recent rise in popularity and domestic burning is now the single biggest source of PM emissions in the UK.
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