Trendy ‘logs’ for woodburning stoves made from waste from coffee, olives and wine production ‘pollute MORE than traditional firewood’

  • Logs that escaped home fire laws coming into force today cause more pollution
  • The new statutory limit for smoke emissions in solid fuels is 5 grams per hour 
  • Research showed a 100 per cent olive log had a rating of 17.6 grams per hour

Trendy ‘logs’ for woodburning stoves made from waste from coffee, olives and wine production pollute more than traditional firewood, research shows.

New laws ban burning coal and wet wood at home from May 1.

But the logs which make use of plant waste left over when making coffee, olive oil and wine escaped a ban as they are regarded as a ‘renewable’ fuel.

The new statutory limit for smoke emissions in solid fuels is 5 grams per hour and a sulphur content of 2 per cent.

Logs which make use of plant waste left over when making coffee, olive oil and wine escaped a ban as they are regarded as a ‘renewable’ fuel [File photo]

But research showed a 100 per cent olive log had a rating of 17.6 grams per hour when burned.

Experts warn that consumers could run the risk of unknowingly breaking the law and being fined up to £1,000 if they burn the fuels while in a Smoke Control Area, even though the logs are legal to sell.

Commenting on the legislation Tim Minett, CEO, CPL Industries a maker of smokeless fuel said: ‘The legislation was designed to improve air quality in England by cutting the PM2.5 (fine particles) and SOx (sulphur oxides) emissions that popular solid fuels used in homes and gardens produce.

‘However, at the 11th hour several fuels were made exempt from the legislation based on their composition and being regarded as renewable, rather than their performance on air quality.’

Experts warn that consumers could run the risk of unknowingly breaking the law and being fined up to £1,000 if they burn the fuels while in a Smoke Control Area, even though the logs are legal to sell

While HETAS, the industry fuel approver has confirmed that these products will not carry the HETAS stamp of approval, the fuels are not banned and will still be available for consumers to purchase.

Mr Minett added: ‘This legislation has focused too much on the composition of fuels so that they can be labelled as renewables but disregards key issues such as air quality.

‘These fuels are much cheaper to produce and sell, with the reality that consumers will naturally gravitate towards cheaper products but will unknowingly be producing high levels of air pollution. Not only must the Government take a look at this legislation and the exemptions in place, but it is vital that consumers are better informed about the purchases they are making and the hidden impact.’


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