Scottish Gov’t Eyes U-Turn On Log Burner Ban

Last updated: May 29, 2024

The Scottish government will reportedly revise their ban on wood-burning stoves in new-build homes. The government initially implemented the ban in April amid environmental and health concerns.

Log burners are a popular alternative to mainstream heating solutions. Rural areas often use wood-burning stoves, particularly if disconnected from the gas grid.

According to the British Heart Foundation, indoor air pollution caused by log burners can result in health damage increasing the likelihood of a stroke or heart attack.

Further, they act as a barrier to the UK reaching carbon net zero by 2050 among other climate-related goals due to greenhouse gases. That said, log burners can prove one of the less harmful heating solutions if used correctly.

Rural communities raised concerns after the ban was introduced, highlighting the differing realities and challenges of rural vs. urban living. Vocal opposition to and questioning of the ban led to Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Kate Forbes pushing for a revised approach.

According to the Scotsman, the Deputy First Minister has verified the Scottish government is reviewing the ban. Energy Minister Gillian Martin has reportedly committed to altering the new law, a step that Ms. Forbes has praised.

The ban, introduced on April 1st, outlawed new Scottish homes from adding wood-burning stoves. However, per the BBC, an installation remains possible where there is a need that can be backed up.

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