Wood fingered in Danish particulate survey

Road traffic accounts for only about one-fifth of small (PM2.5) particulate emissions in Denmark, according to a study by the national environmental research institute (Neri). The country's 700,000 domestic wood-burning heating appliances are responsible for up to 50% of the total, or 10,000 tonnes annually. This is consistent with similar findings in Nordic neighbour Norway, where wood-burning stoves and fireplaces account for 60% of a total 64,400 tonnes (EED 28/08/03). Neri reckons that replacing older appliances with more efficient modern equipment can cut emissions from individual households by over 90%. See press release.

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