Wood Burning Stoves & Air Quality
With recent announcements in the press regarding woodburning stoves and air quality, you may think this way of heating your home is going to be banned. No one is going to ban wood burning stoves - for sure!
The facts are that on the 22nd May 2018 the Environment Secretary Michael Gove published a Clean Air Strategy 2018 which aims to cut air pollution and save lives, backed up through new primary legislation.
The new strategy 'Clean Air Strategy 2019' was published on 19th January 2019 following consultation with HETAS, Woodsure and The Stove Industry Alliance. Defra has clarified they are not looking to implement a ban on wood stoves. What the document says about woodburning & woodburning stoves is:
Action to reduce emissions at home
Many people are unaware that emissions in the home increase personal exposure to pollutants and contribute significantly to our overall national emissions. Burning wood and coal in open fires and stoves make up 38% of the UK’s primary emissions of fine particulate matter1 (PM2.5). Harmful sulphur dioxide (SO2) is emitted by coal burned in open fires. Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) from a wide variety of chemicals that are found in carpets, upholstery, paint, cleaning, fragrance, and personal care products are another significant source of pollution.
- legislate to prohibit the sale of the most polluting fuels
- ensure that only the cleanest stoves are available for sale by 2022
- make changes to existing smoke control legislation to make it easier to enforce
- give new powers to local authorities to take action in areas of high pollution
- work across government to look at opportunities to align our work on air quality, clean growth and fuel poverty in future policy design
- develop a dedicated communication campaign targeted at domestic burners, to improve awareness of the environmental and public health impacts of burning
- work with industry to identify an appropriate test standard for new solid fuels entering the market
- work with consumer groups, health organisations and industry to improve awareness of NMVOC build-up in the home, and the importance of effective ventilation to reduce exposure
- work with consumer groups, health organisations, industry and retailers to better inform consumers about the VOC content of everyday products
- explore a range of options including the development of a voluntary labelling scheme for NMVOC containing products, and assess its potential effectiveness
- work with consumer groups, health organisations, industry and retailers to promote the development of lower VOC-content products and to reduce emissions from this sector.
- Alongside our actions on emissions of NMVOCs, we will consult on changes to Building Regulations standards for ventilation in homes and other buildings, to help reduce the harmful build-up of indoor air pollutants.
Mystove Ltd only sells stoves that comply with these regulations, which can only help to protect our environment and future proof your investment.