Hampshire councils join forces to encourage cleaner burning

5 November 2020

We are working with Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, and Winchester City Council to support residents across Hampshire improve air quality for their health, their community and the environment by encouraging responsible burning.

Burning that takes places at people's households can be one of the biggest contributors to particulate matter pollution in the UK. The programme aims to reduce emissions of harmful pollutants in the home and neighbourhoods and by doing that avoid the potential associated health impacts.

The partnership is working with local environmental charity the Environment Centre (tEC) to promote cleaner burning in open fires, stoves and bonfires. People will be asked to 'burn less, burn cleaner, burn better, and burn differently'.

  • Burn less: Reduce burning where possible, keep stoves and fires for particularly cold weather or if they are your only heating source.
  • Burn cleaner: Use cleaner fuels such as smokeless, authorised fuels or dry, well-seasoned wood with low moisture content.
  • Burn better: Use efficient appliances, don't shut off air or allow the temperature to drop, and service and clean them regularly.
  • Burn differently: If possible, switch heating to no or low emission fuels, such as renewable, electric or gas alternatives.

Adam Goulden, tEC Chief Executive said;

"At the Environment Centre our aim is for no one to be exposed to harmful air pollution and for everyone to be able to adequately heat their home in the most affordable and sustainable way they can.

"Through this programme we hope to continue our work engaging local communities in air quality, energy efficiency and sustainability, with free, impartial and easy-to-understand advice on wood burning, health impacts of air pollution and affordable warmth."

For more information and advice on wood burning, see the Environment Centre website or contact cleanair@environmentcentre.com 

To read the laws about burning certain types of waste and to prevent bonfires causing a nuisance visit the government's website.

For residents struggling to stay warm or pay energy bills, call the Southampton and Hampshire advice line 0800 804 8601.

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