The Government's Clean Air Strategy 2019 Proposes New Air Pollution Regulations For Stove Industry

In recent years, the government has increased efforts to lower air pollution. With the announcement of the Clean Air Strategy 2019, the government is introducing new prevention methods.

An important part of the strategy is the lower particulate matter (PM), which have been identified as a leading cause of air pollution. PM is known to be found in wood-burning stoves and open fires. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has laid out a clear plan of what needs to be achieved

What is Particulate Matter?

PM 2.5 particles are smaller than sand grains and can infiltrate the lungs and pass through the bloodstream. According to WHO, more than 40 UK cities and towns exceeded the PM limit. Burning fuels such as wet wood and coal in stoves is a leading factor in particulate pollution.  Research has shown that burning wet wood on a stove emits more particles per hour than a diesel truck. This is due to fresh wood containing around a pint of water. During the heating process, the wood smoulders, which releases the particles.

In order to reduce the damage, the 2019 Clean Air Strategy involves banning the sale of the most polluting wet wood fuels and selling clean stoves. Another measure is to phase out the sale of traditional house coal and reduce the sale of wet wood. The guidelines will also give local authorities more power over smoke control areas. This involves burning dry wood inside an approved device.

What are the details of the Government's Clean Air Strategy 2019?

  • Protecting the nation’s health.
  • To reduce emissions from transport, homes and farming.
  • Reduce emissions from particulate matter.
  • Address the sales of emission-causing stoves.

What is Log Direct’s approach to the Clean Air Strategy 2019?

We commend the government’s efforts to reduce particle pollution. As fuel specialists, we believe in doing everything within our power to stop air pollution. As a result, we only sell kiln-dried and fully seasoned logs, which reduce emissions and are designed for modern stoves.

Logs Direct is also part of a wood fuel accreditation scheme called Woodsure. The initiative sees Logs Direct selling ‘ready to burn’ wood as an alternative to seasoned wood. The previous terminology was confusing to consumers and the initiative clears up the ambiguity. We source ready to burn wood in an ethical manner, with felled trees replaced through replanting. Each ready to burn package has a mark to show that it has a moisture content of less than 20%.

In addition, our sales director Stephen Talbot has worked with Environment minister Dr Therese Coffey to identify the problem of wet wood sales. It has resulted in a solution that should prevent homeowners from burning fuel that is harmful to the environment in the future.

According to Stephen “Logs Direct was keen to be part of the government’s consultation process because we have spent years communicating the many issues that arise from burning unsuitable wood, which range from emissions and pollution, to chimney fires and appliance breakdowns.”

“We believe that Ready to Burn will make a difference to air quality and is a welcome move that enables the customer to know they can place their trust in a supplier’s wood, as soon as they spot the quality mark that the Woodsure scheme provides.”

“The move should also make suppliers think twice about selling wet wood, as some form of policing will be taking place, as the air quality issue is one that cannot be ignored.”

Creating an environmentally friendly future

The 2019 Clean Air Strategy is a step in the right direction for ensuring a reduction in air pollution. The tighter regulations on the stove industry should help to address the PM issue. At Logs Direct, we want to help create an environmentally stable future through our products. For more information on our air pollution policy, feel free to contact us on 01524 812476 or enquiries@logsdirect.co.uk.

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