Solid fuels set to be banned in Ireland to combat climate change
It's coming in within the next year.
Domestic solid fuels are set to be banned in Ireland within the next year in hopes to reduced the country's carbon footprint.
This move to take them off the Irish market by next year means that most polluting solid fuels will not be available in this country.
Regulations are still being finalised and set to be in place by next September, making the entire country a low-smoke zone.
Eamon Ryan, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications said he is bringing this ban in now in order to allow for fuel suppliers to have time to plan and invest in alternative products.
In 42 towns and cities in Ireland, you are not able to buy smoky coal, outside of these areas you can.
By introducing this ban, it won't be available at all and Ryan hopes people will rethink their choices when it comes to heating their homes next winter.
On top of this, all coal and related products will need to emit less than 10 grams of smoke per hour burned, which will be reduced to five grams in 2025. This includes manufactured solid fuel and peat briquettes.
Along with this, the sulphur content will also be gradually halved and wood for heating will need a moisture content of 25% or less, reducing to 20% in the next four years. Wet wood will now come with instructions on drying it.
Over time, a nationwide ban on all smoky fuel is expected to be brought in, with Ryan aiming to tackle air pollution caused by domestic solid fuels.
Ryan said that while this ban is being introduced, people will still be able to light the fire in their homes but using drier wood instead as it is more efficient, burns better and better value.
Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Ryan said that this ban means the air will be cleared up, reducing pollution, as well as reducing chimney fires and improving overall health.