As the government continues to crack down on the use of residential fuels like bituminous coal, it is safe to say that alternative options are becoming more and more popular. In fact, anthracite, the oldest variety of coal, is the only option for homeowners living inside Smoke Control Zones. Here at Pearson Fuels, we have decided to go over everything there is to know about anthracite and why it is considered environmentally friendly…

Carbon Content

As anthracite is the oldest form of coal on the planet, it was subjected to 350 million years’ worth of heat and pressure during the process of coalification. As a result, it has an impressively high carbon content of 98% which is significantly higher than traditional house coal. As a result, anthracite produces little to no smoke during combustion which makes it eco-friendly and a DEFRA approved fuel.

Less Volatile Materials

Although carbon is the main component in anthracite coal, there are also other materials that can be found in the fossil fuel. With this said, the levels of sulphur are much lower than the level found in bituminous coal and this means that burning anthracite domestically will not contribute to global warming disasters like acid rain. After all, the lack of volatile materials is what makes anthracite such a promising fuel choice.


Coal is one of the most efficient fuels on the market, however our supply is limited. With this said, anthracite is available for domestic uses in abundance and has the ability to provide homeowners with a highly efficient and cost-effective fire output. After all, it is thought to burn longer and hotter than bituminous coal which more than compensates for its higher upfront cost.

When it comes to coal, it is no secret that dangerous gases like carbon dioxide are created as a by-product. With this said, statistics suggest that just 4% of the global burning of coal comes from domestic use which means that homeowners do not make as much of an impact as one may think. Recently, the government announced its plans to stop the sale and combustion of traditional house coal by 2022, however smokeless varieties like anthracite will still be permitted. To find out more information about the eco-friendly status of anthracite, get in contact with the best coal merchants on the market and speak to a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!