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DEFRA is the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). They only work directly in England, however they work closely with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and generally lead on negotiations in the EU and internationally.
The Government believes that we need to protect the environment for future generations, make our economy more environmentally sustainable, and improve our quality of life and well-being. They also believe that much more needs to be done to support the farming industry, protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable food production.
Under the Clean Air Act local authorities may declare the whole or part of the district of the authority to be a smoke control area. It is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney of a building, from a furnace or from any fixed boiler if located in a designated smoke control area. It is also an offence to acquire an "unauthorised fuel" for use within a smoke control area unless it is used in an "exempt" appliance ("exempted" from the controls which generally apply in the smoke control area). The current maximum level of fine is £1,000 for each offence.
So how does this relate to Multi Fuel or Woodburning stoves?
Simply, to protect the environment and improve quality of life, there are some areas of the country in which the Government require you to purchase a DEFRA approved stove to reduce the environmental impact of heating your home.
To find out if you live in a smoke controlled area, which requires you to purchase a DEFRA approved stove, please contact your local council.
What fuels can I burn?
If you live in a Smoke Control Area but do not have an exempt appliance you are only allowed to burn authorised fuels. You can find a list of authorised fuels at the following link Authorised Fuels. Waste wood, such as old household timbers, may have been treated with heavy metals or organochlorine pesticides and should not be burnt but disposed of responsibly.