What are Ecodesign regulations and smoke control areas?
Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (www.gov.uk)
Many types of energy-related products are regulated to ensure they meet specific measures relating to their energy usage. This reduces their environmental impact, improves their energy efficiency, and cuts greenhouse gas emissions.
Smoke control areas: the rules (www.gov.uk)
Many parts of the UK are smoke control areas where:
there’s a limit on how much smoke you can release from a chimney
you can only burn authorised fuel, unless you use an ‘exempt appliance’
In England you may have to pay a penalty of up to £300 if your chimney releases smoke in a smoke control area.
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you buy unauthorised fuel to use in an appliance that’s not approved by Defra.
Your Local Authority is responsible for the designation and supervision of smoke control areas. To find out if you live in a smoke control area, we recommend contacting your Local Authority to advise (www.HETAS.co.uk). Defra also have an interactive Smoke Control Areas Map available online which is searchable by post code https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/data/sca/
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