Welsh Government outline methods for Clean Air Bill: The Welsh Government has written a White Paper outlining methods to present a new Clean Air Bill that may see conventional household banned & the burning of wet wood more restricted.
The suggestions are a section of a consultation published along with methods for a new clean air law for Wales. Coal and wet wood are now two of the greatest polluting modes of solid fuel used in Welsh households.
The UK Government has previously committed to weeding out the sale of coal & wet wood for domestic burning throughout England by 2023.
A spokesperson for the Welsh Government announced: “This is not an attempt to ban the use of wood as a fuel or to ban the use of wood-burning stoves.
“We do, however, aim to inform the public of the hazards posed from fine particulate matter and other air pollution released from burning in any form, and the harm that it does to the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales.”
As reported from a new study on the pandemic’s effects on air quality from March to October last year, there was a diminishing of 36% & 49% in nitrogen dioxide and nitrogen oxides concentrations individually in Wales in between March & May.
Although other pollutants were raised, as reported by the analysis.
Lesley Griffiths, the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, stated: “Breathing clean air and having access to a healthy environment is a right, not a privilege. We must take decisive and lasting action now to enable our future generations to lead healthy lives.
“But just like Covid, air pollution disproportionately impacts the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in our society.”
Welsh Government outline methods for Clean Air Bill