Sales of house coal and wet wood to be phased out in England

03 March 2020

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On 21 February 2020, the UK Government announced plans to phase out the sale of coal and wet wood for domestic burning in England between 2021 and 2023. The use of cleaner alternatives, such as dry wood and manufactured solid fuels, will be encouraged instead.

Wood burning stoves and coal fires are the single largest source of the pollutant PM2.5, emitting twice the contribution of industrial combustion and three times the contribution of road transport. This form of pollution has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the most serious air pollutant to human health.

Source: UK Government, 21 February 2020