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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