Fuel Oil: Safety

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered at on 4 February 2010.

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Photo of Ashok Kumar Ashok Kumar Labour, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of EU regulations on the sulphur content of oil used in Aga ovens; and what assessment has been made of the costs of these regulations to owners of Agas.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Farming and the Environment)

I have been asked to reply.

The Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels Directive (1999/32/EC as amended) aims to reduce air pollution by limiting sulphur dioxide emissions that can cause acid rain. The directive specifies that from January 2008 no person may use gas oil (which includes oil for domestic heating purposes) with a sulphur content greater than 0.1 per cent.

The Government have made no assessment of the effectiveness of this fuel in Aga ovens, nor the costs to Aga owners.

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