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The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020

25 November 2020

Title: The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020
Amends/Commences: None – New Regulation
Comes into force: Regulations 5 and 11 - 7th October 2020. The rest of the Regulations come into force 1st May 2021.
Jurisdiction: England 
The supply of bituminous coal and wet wood as solid fuels for use in domestic premises is phased out. Smoke emission limits for manufactured solid fuels are introduced. There are duties for anyone supplying these fuels for use in domestic premises.
Supplying wood for combustion 
Supply of volumes less than 2 cubic metres 
Anyone supplying wood in volumes of less than 2 cubic metres for combustion in a domestic premises must follow specific rules. Small foresters that only supply less than 600 cubic metres of wood in the one year period ending 30th April 2021 are not required to comply with this until 1st May 2022.  
Supply of volumes more than 2 cubic meters 
Anyone supplying wood in volumes 2 cubic metres or more for combustion in a domestic premises must ensure the wood is accompanied by a notice with the words in Schedule 2.
Supply of manufactured solid fuels 
Manufactured solid fuel must not be supplied unless it in on the authorised list. The Secretary of State is required to make this list but one is not yet available. 
Obtaining certification 
Manufacturers of manufactured solid fuels that intend to supply such fuels in England must obtain a certificate from an approved certification body.  
Smoke control areas 
Manufactured solid fuels that are on the list of fuels allowed to be burned in smoke control areas under Part 3 of the Clean Air Act 1993 on 1st May 2021 will continue to be allowed for use as long as they remain on that list.
Bituminous coal must not be sold regardless of being pre-packed or loose. An exemption is allowed for loose coal supplied directly to a consumer by a member of the Approved Coal Merchant Scheme until 30th April 2023.   
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