The government has launched a new public awareness campaign, focusing on the “simple steps” to reduce air pollution from domestic fires during the winter ahead.
The launch coincides with Minister Eamon Ryan’s announcement regarding new standards for all domestic solid fuels.
He marked International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies by revealing new measures that will roll out across the state within a year.
The most polluting of fuels will no longer be available on the Irish market from that point on.
Reduce air pollution from domestic fires
The campaign will run across national and local radio stations, national and regional press, and social media from late September.
It will centre around three core messages or the ‘ABC’ for cleaner air. The minister said these can help bring about “significant improvements” in air quality:
- A – Ask yourself: “Do I need to light a fire?” Use other cleaner heating sources instead if possible;
- B – Burn cleaner, more efficient, low-smoke fuels. Make sure you use the right fuel for your appliance;
- C – Clean and maintain your chimneys and heating appliances at least once a year.
Minister Ryan said:
“The upcoming campaign will show that there are simple steps every householder can take to help us achieve better air quality for all.”
“By taking these simple steps, people can help to safeguard the health of those, who are at particular risk of problems caused by air pollution, such as people with asthma, children and the elderly.”
Moreover, the minister will also open a public consultation on the forthcoming Clean Air Strategy in the near future.
The minister said:
“In the meantime, I trust that people will take note of the messages in the forthcoming public awareness campaign I am announcing today and take these simple steps to bring about better air quality and improved health for all.”
“During this period, people are being empowered to make a conscious, personal choice to contribute to cleaner air and a healthier environment.”