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Campaigners want to ban the sale of wood-burning stoves as figures reveal that councils rarely fine owners for breaching air pollution limits. An investigation has found that only one in a thousand complaints about pollution caused by burning wood results in a local authority issuing a fine. Clean-air campaigners say the figures show the need for tougher restrictions on wood burning, which is the biggest source of fine-particle pollution in the UK, producing three times more than road traffic. Wood burners can triple the level of fine particles inside the home as well as cause dangerous levels of pollution in the surrounding area, research found last year. Mums for Lungs wants ministers to phase out the sale of new stoves by 2027 and ban their use by 2032 at the latest unless they are a home’s only source of heat. It says councils must be given greater power to stop unlawful burning, including a requirement that all wood burners be registered with local authorities to enable enforcement. It also wants stoves to be labelled as harmful. Andy Hill, chairman of the Stove Industry Alliance, said:“If you can see lots of wood smoke coming from someone’s chimney, it is likely that they are using the wrong fuel on the wrong appliance or on an open fire. “Modern ecodesign-compliant wood burning stoves used with well-seasoned wood fuel at or below 20 per cent moisture content such as ready to burn-certified fuel, release almost no visible smoke from the chimney and emit up to 90 per cent less particulate emissions than an open fire and up to 80 per cent less than a stove that is over ten years old.”

Times 13th Oct 2021 read more »

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