Liquid Gas UK welcomes UK Government announcement on phasing out coal

Friday 21st February 2020

Today (21st February) UK Government have set out plans to phase out the sale of coal and wet wood for domestic burning and encourage the use of cleaner fuels in the home.

Sales of coal and wet wood will be phased out between 2021 and 2023. Sales of all bagged traditional house coal will be phased out by February 2021, and the sale of loose coal direct to customers via approved coal merchants by February 2023.

George Webb, Chief Executive, Liquid Gas UK commented on the announcement:

“The Government’s ban is a positive sign of its commitment to achieving net-zero by 2050, as well as improving air quality. There are currently 1.5million off-grid rural homes in the UK of which 1.1million are using oil and 170,000 coal – both of which are high carbon emitting fuels. In comparison, LPG, used by around 200,000 UK homes and is a clean burning fuel that emits low levels of NOx, SOx particulate matter. It also emits 33% and 12% less carbon emissions than coal and oil respectively. Switching to a fuel such as LPG delivers immediate benefits to the UK by cutting carbon emissions. It also locks in further carbon emission reductions in the future as the industry transitions to bioLPG.

“BioLPG, which is already available in the UK, offers up to a 90% reduction in carbon emissions compared to conventional LPG and represents a cleaner energy future for millions of UK homes, as well as rural businesses such as B&Bs, pubs, manufacturers and transport that are reliant on off-grid fuel sources. BioLPG is also a drop in fuel solution with existing boilers, so there are no additional upfront costs for homeowners when they choose to transition.

“Following up on today’s ban, the Government must consider how it tackles the wider off-grid fuel challenges, with plenty of oil that needs to be tackled. The Government must encourage homeowners in off-grid properties to transition to cleaner fuels. For the Chancellor, the introduction of an oil tank scrappage scheme in the forthcoming budget will help nudge homeowners to look at the fuel source they use to heat their homes.”

More information on the benefits of using LPG in your home is available here.

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK