The Substitute Fuels Protocol published by the Environment Agency in August tightens up existing procedures on public consultation and trial procedures for alternative fuels.
There will now be extended public consultation both before the trials and before any post-trial decision to allow alternative fuels to be burnt full time. Organisations to be routinely consulted include local authorities, local health authorities and local liaison committees.
Trials of new fuels will last a minimum of six weeks. After this, works will return to conventional fuels while the second stage of public consultation takes place. There are new rules on substitute fuel sampling methods and chemical composition, and more detailed guidance on emission sampling and baseline sampling and testing.