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Wood-burning Stoves: Air Pollution

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to commission research into the contribution made by different types of domestic wood burning stoves to the presence of Ultrafine Particles and other air pollutants in urban areas.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Measuring emissions of particulate matter from wood stoves is a recognised challenge.

The Government’s draft Clean Air Strategy identifies a range of actions targeted to reduce emissions from these sources. Defra is working with industry sectors and test houses to review different methods for testing stove emissions to determine what test methods are most reliable

EU Ecodesign regulations that come into force in 2022 will mean all new stoves will need to meet agreed emissions standards, regardless of where they are used.

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