Solid fuel pro­vides the vi­tal heat you need to sur­vive the win­ter

Bray People - - NEWS -

IN THE win­ter just gone many users of solid fuel (coal-bri­quettes-wood) saw the value of solid fuel, none more so than dur­ing storm Ophe­lia and the “Beast from the East”. In times when tem­per­a­tures drop very low or dur­ing storm or snow events solid fuel pro­vides strong phys­i­cal heat (dif­fer­ent from the cen­tral heat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence) and some­times a sense of emo­tional com­fort. In ex­treme cases dur­ing storms, where power out­ages are be­com­ing more com­mon, solid fuel pro­vides the vi­tal heat you need to sur­vive.

The main solid fu­els used in the South East are Bi­tu­mi­nous Coal in ru­ral ar­eas and Smoke­less Coal in Wick­low town which is a smoke­less area. Peo­ple also use Bri­quettes, some turf and wood both dried and un­dried. How­ever, peo­ple are now more and more aware of the im­pact of air pol­lu­tion. From an emis­sions per­spec­tive one crit­i­cal mea­sur­able com­po­nent is par­tic­u­late mat­ter (small soot par­ti­cles con­tained in smoke re­ferred to as PM2.5 & PM10). Gov­ern­ment fig­ures show that the most pol­lut­ing fu­els from an emis­sions per­spec­tive are un­dried wood and sod turf. These fu­els also con­tain only 60% of the heat avail­able from Smoke­less Coal. While Bi­tu­mi­nous Coal has lesser emis­sions than un­dried wood and sod turf, it still has sig­nif­i­cant emis­sions. The clean­est solid fuel to use is Smoke­less Coal which, on av­er­age, has only 25% (i.e. one quar­ter) of the emis­sions of Bi­tu­mi­nous Coal.

The Gov­ern­ment in­tends to ad­dress this with a na­tion­wide ban on Bi­tu­mi­nous Coal from 1st Septem­ber, 2019. In late 2017 – Min­is­ter Naugh­ten an­nounced a na­tion­wide ban on Bi­tu­mi­nous Coal. Per the an­nounce­ment it will be il­le­gal to sell or burn Bi­tu­mi­nous Coal af­ter 1st Septem­ber, 2019. He has con­firmed that po­si­tion sev­eral times in re­cent months but the ac­tual leg­is­la­tion is still out­stand­ing.

How­ever, con­sumers need not wait for any ban. Clean air in­side your house and in your neigh­bour­hood in im­por­tant for you and your fam­ily. You can make the choice right now.

Time to em­brace the fu­ture – a smoke­less fu­ture.

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