2022 Environment Clean Air Act

What is the 2022 Environment Clean Air Act?

While emissions from domestic burning have reduced significantly since the 1950’s,  cities are still the worst affected areas.

Wood – and coal – burning stoves currently account for 38 per cent of particulate matter air pollution, which the Government plans to reduce 30 per cent in total by 2030.

A recent surge in popularity means domestic burning on stoves and open fires is now the single biggest source of particulate matter emissions, which is considered the most damaging pollutant.

More needs to be done to reduce pollution and ensure the air we all breathe, is cleaner.

What’s the Government doing about it?

The Government have therefore developed a Clean Air Strategy which is scheduled to come into force in 2022.

This will outlaw the sale of the most polluting fuels and ensure only the cleanest stoves are sold from 2022.

The right kind of stove?

All new wood burning stoves from 2022 will need to conform to the recommendations set out in the Clean Air Act, whether you’re thinking of installing a stove in a country or city environment.

Many stove manufacturers have already included special features in their designs, creating stoves which have been subject to rigorous tests and have been proven to reduce particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80% compared to an old stove.

These stoves will now carry an SIA (Stove Industry Alliance) approved Ecodesign Ready Stove quality assurance.

The wrong kind of wood?

Owners of woodburners must be aware that not all wood burning is the same and that reductions in particulate emissions isn’t just about buying an Ecodesign Ready stove.

It also means burning the right type of wood.

Only certain types of wood are suitable for burning and the wood must be dry.  This means it should have a moisture content of less than 20%.  It’s very difficult to tell how dry a piece of wood is, so you could either invest in a moisture meter or ensure your wood is ready to burn by purchasing it from a bona fide supplier.

Before you buy a new stove…

If you’re considering investing in a new woodburning stove in your home, here are a few top tips:

  • Internet offers on woodburning stoves may look very tempting but be aware that although many of these are competitively priced they may not have been future proofed for the Clean Air Act in 2022.  Make sure any Stove you buy holds the SIA approved logo to ensure your stove is compliant.

  • Always employ a qualified installer to fit your stove, who will ensure your stove works efficiently, with minimal emissions.

  • Ensure your chimney is swept regularly. The more you use your stove the more frequently you will need to sweep.

  • Always purchase your wood from a reliable source. If using your own wood, make sure you store it in a sheltered store until it is dried to a minimum of 20% moisture content. A moisture meter is a great way to check your wood is dry enough.

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