Germany prepares to tackle wood burning fumes

Ministry proposes limit values for particulates and carbon monoxide, plans long-term renovation

Germany's environment ministry is proposing to introduce limit values for particulate matter and carbon monoxide emissions from small wood-burning stoves.  A draft proposal issued last week responds to calls for action from the national environment agency (EED 15/03/06).  Modern pellet heaters will easily meet the new standards, says the ministry.  Older heaters that cannot prove compliance will have to be retro-fitted with a filter or replaced as part of a long-term renovation programme from 2012 to 2024.  The proposal will be put to Germany's cabinet in early 2008.  See press release and industry reaction.

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