Is the Government really going to ‘ban’ stoves?

Wood burning in a stove

There’s been some talk of ‘banning’ stoves and real fires in the media recently. The reports seem to have come from the Mayor of London’s desire to tackle pollution in the capital.

I’ve had a fair few customers mention it to me, and some have been concerned that Ministers are going to be slapping a ban on their prized stoves and woodburners.

Believe me, that’s not going to happen (well, not anytime soon at least), but the Government is concerned about the amount of pollution from domestic burning. Apparently, domestic burning of coal, smokeless solid fuels and wood accounts for 40% of the UK’s emissions, compared to industrial combustion (17%) and road transport (13%).

That’s why they’ve now issued a Call For Evidence which will help inform the Government’s Clean Air Strategy. This is good news because the cleanliness of the air we breathe is important for each and every one of us.

Now, I hear you ask why is the percentage for domestic combustion so high. As a sweep, I find this is mostly down to people not knowing how to work their stoves correctly. This isn’t necessarily the user’s fault; most people who have stoves installed are just left to get on with it, without any real instruction on how to get the best out of their stove.

That’s another blog for another time, but for now it’s really important that you take part in the’call for evidence’. The deadline is February 27th, 2018 and you can have your say at https://consult.defra.gov.uk/airquality/domestic-burning-of-wood-and-coal/consultation/intro/

Mr Soot Chimney Sweep offers a professional and friendly chimney sweep service in Wigan, Stockport, Southport, Ormskirk, Chorley and surrounding areas. Book Mr Soot online or call 07724 311 992.

 

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