The new regulations aim to prevent harmful pollution from the domestic burning of all solid fuels by ensuring wood sold in volumes of up to 2m3 will need to be certified as having a moisture content of 20% or less. Suppliers selling quantities of wood over 2m3 will need to provide their customers with advice on how to store and season the fuel so that is it dry to burn. Manufacturers of solid fuels will also be required to demonstrate their products meet smoke emission and sulphur content standards through a certification scheme. Enforcement of the legislative requirements will be undertaken by local authorities.
For the past four years, Woodsure has been leading the way in championing the use of less polluting dry wood and driving awareness of its certification scheme. Labelled “Ready to Burn”, the wood is verified by the non-profit organisation’s independent inspectors as having a moisture content of up to 20%, which means it burns with less smoke than wetter wood. As such, the organisation has a proven track record in working closely with suppliers and retailers to improve the quality of domestic firewood, raising awareness among consumers about the need to use dry wood to reduce pollution and maximise heat efficiency, and making certified Ready to Burn woodfuel easy to find.
Woodsure’s CEO, Bruce Allen, says: