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Ban on smoky coal from next September will improve air quality, says Minister Naughten

The Minister for Climate Change says a ban on smoky coal will be introduced from next September in an effort to move away from using fossil fuels to heat our homes and improve air quality.

Currently, four deaths per day in this country are associated with poor air quality.

Roscommon-based Minister Denis Naughten says a high number of children suffer from asthma, while hospitals are busy dealing with patients with COPD and related illnesses.

He’s announced a ban on the sale of smoky coal from September, with a 12-month transition period to allow for existing stocks to be used up.

He’s also planning to introduce a grant towards the cost of installing a heat pump in homes, while grants will no longer be provided to upgrade oil and gas boilers.

While moving away from fossil fuels will take a number of years, Minister Naughten told Midwest News that the ban on smoky coal is an important step in improving air quality in all areas of the country

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