Domestic wood and coal burning

The use of open fires and wood-burning stoves has risen in popularity over recent years. Domestic wood and coal burning are now the single largest contributors to harmful particulate emissions, comprising almost 40% in 2015.  These tiny particles in smoke can cause a range of health impacts such as breathing problems and exacerbating asthma as well as contributing to other health conditions.

Amber Valley Borough Council can designate and enforce Smoke Control Areas to help reduce these harmful emissions. Alongside these regulatory powers we also need to help consumers change their behaviour to help protect their own health and that of their neighbours and communities. We need to help those householders who choose to burn to do so efficiently and using the best quality fuel, which produces fewer emissions.

The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs have produced a practical guide for you to find out more. View guide and read more...

Visit our Air Pollution page to find out more about the existing Smoke Control Areas in Amber Valley, as well as how we deal with smoke nuisance outside these areas.

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