Guidance for Fuel Manufacturers
The following questions and answers provide information and guidance.
- The fuel I manufacture or distribute is made from renewable/sustainable sources. Does this automatically mean that the fuel can be included in the authorised fuel list?
- Are wood, wood chips and wood pellets authorised fuels?
- Are anthracite, semi-anthracite, electricity, gas, low volatile steam coals authorised fuels?
- Can oil or other liquid fuels be used in fireplaces/appliances in a smoke control area?
- How do I apply for authorisation of a fuel?
- Is there a fee for the assessment process?
- What are the criteria for a fuel to be authorised under the Clean Air Act?
- What is the process that leads to the recommendation and how does and recommendation lead to a fuel becoming an authorised fuel?
Further information on Smoke Control Areas is available in the background information section.
The answers to the most commonly asked questions are provided above. This is the fastest way to find the information you are after. However, if the questions and answers on this page do not fully answer your specific query, then you can contact Defra for information at
Correspondence.Section@defra.gsi.gov.uk or visit the Contact Us page.
If your query is of a technical nature for instance concerning aspects of the exemption or authorisation process then please contact Ricardo-AEA at email@example.com