Rookverboden bedreigen milieu

Tot schrik van Engelse parlementariërs blijkt de emissie van CO2 (broeikasgas) sterk toe te nemen door het invoeren van rookverboden. Bij een bezoek aan Ierland constateerde een aantal parlementariërs dat in de tuin van de meeste pubs grote hoeveelheden terrasverwarmingsapparaten waren geinstalleerd, apparaten die erg veel stroom verstoken en daardoor meer broeikasgas genereren.


Van de pub-tuinen wordt in Ierland, met zijn wisselvallige klimaat, erg veel gebruik gemaakt om buiten, waar wél gerookt mag worden, te eten.


Het gebruik van een terrasverwarming gedurende 2 uur genereert net zoveel CO2 als een auto die een gemiddelde dag lang rijdt, volgens dit artikel op de BBC site.


Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Norman Baker agreed that patio heaters were a “waste of resources” and “doomed to failure”.

He told the BBC News website: “If I see patio heaters I try to make the point in a barbed comment to the person using it.

“I’m not against people smoking outside, it’s better than them smoking inside, but I think they should enjoy the bracing air around them.”

He later said the government should establish an effective strategy, such as selling patio heaters with “health warning” style labels.

“Patio heaters are an absurd invention. It is ludicrous that people are trying to heat the open air, as well as being irresponsible in the light of the climate change challenge we face.

“Instead of reaching for the gas canister people should reach for another jumper instead,” he added.


Parliamentary questions by Mr Baker have revealed Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions are up by 380,000 tonnes a year due to patio heaters.

Using a patio heater for two hours produces the same amount of carbon dioxide as a car produces in an average day, it is claimed.

But smokers’ campaign group Forest hit back. Director Simon Clark said any notion of banning patio heaters was “barking mad”.

He said the moved smacked of “petty vindictiveness” towards smokers.

“Is it that these MPs simply do not like the idea that smokers might be moderately comfortable smoking outdoors?” he asked.

He said the damage to the environment from patio heaters was “minuscule” in terms of the overall effect.


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