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Controlling Emissions from Wood Burning

Legislation and Regulations in Nordic Countries to Control Emissions from Residential Wood Burning An examination of Past Experience

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This report has been produced by the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) under a grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers under its Arctic Cooperation Program, as part of a pilot project to reduce emissions of black carbon reaching the Arctic from residential heating from wood burning in Nordic countries. The report reviews legislation and other measures in the Nordic countries pertinent to the reduction of particulate matter (PM2.5) and Black Carbon (BC) –soot. It then assesses the effectiveness of the different policy instruments used in the Nordic countries as well as points to measures which may be most effective in reducing emissions of Black Carbon and PM2.5 from wood burning.

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Responses to Wood Burning Emissions in the Nordic Countries

The recognition of wood burning emissions as an environmental problem in the Nordic countries began in the 1970s. The effects of inefficient woodburning technology, combined with a widespread lack of knowledge of proper fire-making practices, contributed to a growing concern about the impact of residential wood burning on ambient air pollution, particularly in urban areas.

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