The Government has committed to a nationwide ban on smoky coal by the end of its term, but we also need to regulate other solid fuels to improve air quality for everyone. The choices we make when heating our homes has a big impact on our health and the health of our neighbours.
We are developing new solid fuel regulations for Ireland and are holding this public consultation to gather your views to inform them.
This consultation has two strands, public engagement and a technical consultation.
We are looking for technical information that will support the development of legislation to regulate the broader use of solid fuels in the residential sector.
We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open and transparent manner. Any person or organisation can make an official submission via questionnaire, email or post in relation to this technical consultation. All submissions and feedback will be considered before the final version of the Solid Fuel Regulations is published.
Please note that responses to this consultation are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI), Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2014 (AIE) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
Please also note that the Department intends to publish the contents of all submissions received to the technical consultation on its website. The Department will redact personal data prior to publication. In responding to this consultation, parties should clearly indicate where their responses contain personal information, commercially sensitive information or confidential information which they would not wish to be released under FOI, AIE or otherwise published.
We would like to draw your attention to the Department's Data Privacy Notice which is available on our website and explains how and when we collect personal data, why we do so and how we treat this information. It also explains your rights in relation to the collection of personal information and how you can exercise those rights.