Clean Air Day 2019

Clean Air Day 2019

Clean Air Day LogoThe UK’s Clean Air Day campaign returns for 2019 on Thursday 20th June. The campaign is a chance to find out more about air pollution and to bring about change. So what is changing in our industry to contribute to this change?

 Clean Air Day 2019 is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign and provides an opportunity to not only raise awareness about air pollution, but bring about action. It is just over one year since Michael Gove announced the draft Clean Air Strategy consultation and in January the strategy was announced. HETAS summarised the strategy in this article.

The strategy sets out our plans for dealing with all sources of air pollution, making our air healthier to breathe. Whilst the strategy is focused on tackling air pollution in England, but the United Kingdom has a shared goal and government has confirmed it will continue to work with the devolved administrations to deliver its international air quality commitments.

Key Areas

The strategy is broken down into the following areas:

  • Transport – Chapter 6
  • Home – Chapter 7 (this includes domestic heating)
  • Farming – Chapter 8
  • Industry – Chapter 9

The Government has statutory obligations to keep concentrations of specified pollutants below certain levels. The strategy states that the only area in which government is not currently meeting these limits (in common with many other countries in Europe) is in relation to roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations. In addition, there is also national emission reduction commitments for overall UK emissions of five damaging air pollutants. These are fine particulate matter (PM2.5), ammonia (NH3), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs).

Domestic Burning

As we already know, the strategy has some clear objectives when it comes to domestic burning.

  • legislate to prohibit sale of the most polluting fuels
  • ensure that only the cleanest stoves are available for sale by 2022
  • make changes to existing smoke control legislation to make it easier to enforce
  • give new powers to local authorities to take action in areas of high pollution
  • work across government to look at opportunities to align our work on air quality, clean growth and fuel poverty in future policy design
  • develop a dedicated communications campaign targeted at domestic burners, to improve awareness of the environmental impact of their actions
  • work with industry to identify an appropriate test standard for new solid fuels entering the market

Industry eagerly awaits further announcements regarding the objectives above. There are now 26 brands and over 500 stoves listed as Ecodesign Ready on the HETAS website. Industry is already looking beyond the 2022 date and ways to further innovate and improve performance. HETAS is working with the Stove industry Alliance on how to implement a new initiative (can we vaguely talk about the scheme?).

Towards the latter part of 2018 Government ran a Consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood. HETAS and Woodsure continue to speak to Defra on the issue of solid fuels.

Woodsure

Woodsure is continuing to develop it’s Ready to Burn scheme, with an ever-growing number of suppliers signing up. Alongside the Hearth & Home exhibition in June Woodsure will be hosting an event for industry to discuss woodfuel and possible future legislation. Click here to find out more about the event and to sign up. Woodsure has also recently updated its supplier search, with additional filters, making it even easier to find your local supplier. Find your local supplier at https://woodsure.co.uk/wood-fuel-suppliers/.

HETAS, with the support of the Stove Industry Alliance, has commissioned some scientific work to develop a greater understanding of the sources of PM2.5 pollution. We anticipate this work will take a couple of months to complete.

Clean Air Day

Our industry is committed to reducing our environmental impact and Clean Air Day is an opportunity to confirm our commitments. For more information on the campaign please visit www.cleanairday.org.uk.

We will ensure that our registrants are kept up to speed with the latest developments regarding the Clean Air Strategy. Stay tuned to the HETAS social media channels for latest news and developments too.


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