Wood-burning Stoves: Air Pollution

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th December 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce pollution caused by wood-burning stoves.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Domestic wood and coal burning are the single largest contributors to our harmful particulate matter (PM) emissions. These sources accounted for 38% of total PM2.5 emissions in 2015 and are forecast to account for 41% by 2020.

The draft Clean Air Strategy, which we consulted on earlier this year, included plans to introduce legislation in England to phase out the most polluting domestic fuels. It also included plans to ensure that European Ecodesign standards for stoves will continue to be met, ensuring that only the cleanest stoves will be available to buy and install; and proposals for further powers for local Government in areas with an air pollution problem.

The final strategy setting out our aims will be published in early 2019.

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