The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 come into force in England on 1st May 2021 and affect the sale and supply of a number of popular domestic fuels.
The regulations ban the sale of the most polluting domestic fuels, such as wet wood and house coal. Most log suppliers (supplying less than 2m3) will need to dry firewood so that it has a moisture content of less than 20% and seek an authorisation from an accreditation body, who will vet their drying and storage processes. Smaller suppliers have been granted an extra 12 months to comply. Approved fuels will carry the “Ready to Burn” logo, giving the consumer confidence about the firewood.
Suppliers of firewood over 2m3 will need to provide information with the firewood giving advice about the need to dry the timber before use.
Manufactured solid fuels will also need to be accredited for sale and will also carry the ‘Ready to Burn’ logo.
The supply of loose or bagged bituminous coal will be prohibited, except by Approved Coal Merchants (who have been granted a two-year grace period).
Enforcement of the new regulations will be undertaken by Unitary, County Councils, London Boroughs and similar level local authorities. Offences under the regulations can be enforced either through prosecution or the imposition of £300 penalty notices.
New content to support the implementation of the regulations has been added to RIAMS Libraries, with a new procedure EPP116E: Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 and new penalty notice EPN28E: Regulation 18 Penalty Notice Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020.
In addition, a short e-learning course has been added to the training website covering the main provisions of these new regulations. You can read the full summary and book your place here.