DEFRA has asked householders and businesses for their views on proposals to cut harmful emissions caused by the burning of dirtier fuels, including:
- House coal (or bituminous coal) – a naturally occurring mined product. PM2.5 emissions are higher than for smokeless fuels.
- Smokeless coal (or anthractite) – a form of naturally occurring, mined, high-purity coal, authorised for use in smoke control areas
- Manufactured solid fuels – fuels manufactured from coal products with other ingredients that have low smoke emissions, however some do have high SO2 emissions.
- Wet wood – a naturally occurring product. Newly felled wood has a high moisture content and creates a lot of smoke when burned, it has over double the emissions of seasoned or kiln dried wood.
- Seasoned wood – wood that has been left for up to 2 years to naturally air dry.
- Kiln dried wood – wood that has been kiln dried to below 20% moisture.
The consultation closes on 27th February 2018, with further details to be found at: consult.defra.gov.uk