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Sale of coal and wet wood for domestic burning to be banned

Subject: Regulated products

Source: GOV.UK

The Government has announced plans to phase out the sale of coal and wet wood for domestic burning and encourage the use of cleaner fuels in the home.

The announcement states that wood burning stoves and coal fires are the single largest source of the pollutant ‘PM2.5’, emitting twice the contribution of industrial combustion and three times the contribution of road transport. This form of pollution consists of tiny particles which penetrate deeply into our body, including lungs and blood, and has been identified by the World Health Organisation as the most serious air pollutant for human health.

Sales of coal and wet wood will be phased out between 2021 and 2023, giving the public and suppliers time to move to cleaner alternatives such as dry wood and manufactured solid fuels.


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