Air Pollution Act (Marketing, Sale, Distribution and Burning of Specified Fuels) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 326 of 2012) as amended

These Regulations prohibit the placing on the market, sale or distribution of solid fuels for residential use within the State unless;

  • The sulphur content of the bituminous coal is less than 0.7% by weight on a dry ash-free basis
  • The sulphur content of low smoke solid fuels and low smoke biomass products is less than 2% by weight on a dry ash-free basis.
  • The solid fuels are supplied in sealed bags.
  • The person or body concerned holds records confirming the product contains less than the permitted sulphur content for that fuel.

The Regulations also prohibit the burning of bituminous coal within designated specified areas.

Registration of Coal Bagging Operators

Under the Air Pollution Act 1987 (Registration of Fuel Bagging Operators and Suppliers, and Marketing, Sale, Distribution and Burning of Specified Fuels) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 571 of 2016) coal bagging or bailing operators offering bituminous coal, low smoke solid fuel or biomass product for residential use within the State must register on the Fuel Register. The EPA is responsible for the administration of the Fuel Register and issues a unique registration number to each registered operator. Coal bagging or bailing operators must register with the EPA annually by September 01.

Coal Bagging and Solid Fuel Supplier Registrations

To register download the application form for registration of coal bagging operators, complete, sign it and return to the address provided on the form.

Registration of Coal Bagging Operators List - valid 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022

Unique Registration NumberCompany NameBagging Plant Address(es)
Stafford Fuels Raheen, New Ross, Co Wexford.
F0003-01 LCC Ltd 16 Churchtown Road, Cookstown, Tyrone, BT80 9XD & BT47 6FL
F0004-01 Star Fuels Aghadowey, Coleraine BT51 4AF
F0006-01 Molloy Fuel Services (MFS) 32 Brootally Road, Armagh BT60 4DY
F0007-01 McPartland Fuels Ltd Cherrybrook, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim
F0008-01 Patrick Murphy & Sons Fuel Ltd Windsow, Ovens, Co Cork
F0009-01  Hayes Fuels  146 Pomeroy Rd, Dungannon, Northern Ireland BT70 2TY
F0014-01  Hillview Fuels Ltd  Coolcross, Clonmany, Co Donegal 
F0016-01  Beatty Fuels  Makeny, Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh 
F0017-01 Andrew McLaughlin & Son Limited Aghilly, Buncrana, Co. Donegal
F0019-01  Capper Trading  124 Tawnamore Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone BT71 6HW 
F0020-01  National Coal Company  20 Glenside Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT17 0LH 
F0024-01  Andrew Coyle Coal Ltd  Aghilly, Buncranna, Co Donegal 
F0028-01  O'Neills Fuels Ltd  26 Annaghmore Road, Coalisland, Dungannon, Northern Ireland, BT71 4QZ 
F0034-01  CPL Fuels Ireland Ltd  Foynes Port, Limerick 
F0041-01 Arigna Fuels Arigna, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Roscommon
F0042-01  McCann Haulage  65 Kilnacart Road, Dunamaney, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT70 1PD 
F0046-01 S&J Manufacturing Ltd Adamstown, Dunleer, Co Louth
F0047-01 Standard Brands Ireland Ltd Castlebellingham, County Louth, A91 XT59

If you operate a facility bagging or bailing bituminous fuels, low smoke solid fuels and/or low smoke biomass product and need to be registered please email with your contact details.

Also, the same Regulations require registration on the Fuel Register of any solid fuel supplier who:

  1. Wholesales of distributes (i) bituminous coal, (ii) low smoke fuel, or (iii) low smoke biomass product; or
  2. retails 50% or more of their total annual sales proceeds from the products lists at (a) above.

To register as a solid fuel supplier, please contact the Fuel Register at and request an application form for registration of solid fuel suppliers. Once received, please complete and sign the application form and return it to the address provided on the form.

Retailer obligations

All retailers selling bituminous coal, approved fuel, i.e. low smoke solid fuel, or low smoke biomass product for which a current certificate of conformity issued by a certification body exists,  must display a copy of that certificate of conformity issued to the bagging operator.

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