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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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International and Other Initiatives to Reduce Emissions

Over the past few decades, growing awareness of the climate and health threat posed by energy-related pollutants has given rise to a range of international efforts to curb emissions of particulates (PM 10, PM 2.5) as well as greenhouse gases. A number of these initiatives have the potential to reduce the environmental impact of residential wood burning in Nordic countries – helping to protect both local air quality and the Arctic climate. The following is a preliminary overview.

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