Burning of solid fuels releases small particulate matter (PM10) that can increase pollution levels and have an impact on health. While air quality in most of Aberdeen is good, there are areas where pollution is raised, particularly in the city centre and close to major roads such as Anderson Drive/Haudigan roundabout corridor and Wellington Road. An increase in domestic solid fuel burning in these areas may result in increase pollution in areas where air quality is already poor.
If you choose to heat your home with a solid fuel appliance, you must ensure that both the appliance and chimney are correctly installed and safe to use. HETAS is the official body recognised by Government to approve biomass and solid fuel heating appliances, who provide a list of accredited suppliers on their website. Both the appliance and the chimney must be regularly maintained to keep your household safe.
Contact our Environmental Protection Team for advice on domestic solid fuel appliances. Officers will discuss the proposed location and design with you to ensure air quality impacts are effectively controlled and the risk of nuisance to neighbours is minimised.