A Protocol for Black Carbon Emissions

A Protocol for Measuring Emissions of Elemental Carbon and Organic Carbon from Residential Wood Burning

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This protocol was developed and subsequently tested in 2012-2015 by Nordic test and research institutes, with Danish Technological Institute (DTI) as project manager. This protocol describes a potential standardized procedure for measurements of BC (Black Carbon) in terms of both EC (Elemental Carbon) and OC (Organic Carbon) from residential wood burning stoves. Such a standardized test can then be used for voluntary eco-labeling of wood stoves, and by manufacturers interested in testing and developing extremely low-emission, low-black carbon, “climate-friendly” stoves. This testing protocol is part of a project supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and implemented by the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI).




Filters for the collection of samples should be made of quartz to properly analyze for EC/OC, which is done at high temperature. The filters should be kept in glass petri dishes (covered). Use new petri dishes if possible. If re-used, wash them in pure water without any detergent, acid or organic compound.


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