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CLEAN HEAT: Reducing particulate matter caused by wood burning

Reference: LIFE14 GIE/DE/000490 | Acronym: LIFE - CLEAN HEAT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

Residential burning with wood is the biggest source of particulate matter and soot/black carbon in Europe. The share of harmful particulate matter (PM) and soot caused by private wood burning is growing significantly within the EU and the issue of particulate matter caused by wood burning has yet to be appropriately addressed.


OBJECTIVES

The LIFE - CLEAN HEAT project aimed to significantly reduce PM caused by wood burning in seven EU Member States by around 15-20% in the medium term. To reach this goal, the project planned to:

  • Increase awareness and promote better handling/management of stoves;
  • Increase market share of stoves with fewer emissions;
  • Promote alternatives to wood burning;
  • Encourage the exchange of information, good governance and more ambitious regulation;
  • Advance development of better stoves/boilers; and
  • Promote labelling and measurement procedures for wood burning stoves.
  • The project planned to organise a photo competition, create a short film and a mobile exhibition, and host talks by experts to raise awareness and discuss technical and political approaches for a reduction in air pollutants caused by wood burning. The results would be disseminated in workshops in other European countries.


    RESULTS

    The CLEAN HEAT campaign project promoted the reduction of emissions from wood burning in Germany, Denmark and other Member States, raising awareness among all relevant stakeholders and the general public. It moreover promoted the development of emission reduction techniques and demanded stricter emission limits.

    Its media campaigns reached more than 60 million EU citizens, via social and print media, TV reports and the distribution of a range of information brochures. The short video, which was produced, is still being distributed and had received more than 165 000 clicks on social media platforms at the end of the project.

    The expert talks in Germany and Denmark as well as the workshops with political decision-makers in several EU countries were especially successful. Good practice examples were discussed and networking among the focus countries was enhanced. This platform will be continued after the project upon request by the experts.

    The project also focused on the measurement of particle emissions related to firewood stoves. Outdoor measurements in several EU countries showed that wood burning leads to high PM emissions comparable to busy roads. High ultra-fine particle emissions, which have been shown to cause cardiovascular diseases, were measured indoors with new measuring devices. When particles especially the ultrafine ones enter the human body, they can cause and aggravate a variety of serious health problems: cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmia, lung diseases such as asthma, and even cancer. The results of the emission measurements were very useful for demonstrating the reduction potential of new filter The CLEAN HEAT campaign project promoted the reduction of emissions from wood burning in Germany, Denmark and other Member States, raising awareness among all relevant stakeholders and the general public. It moreover promoted the development of emission reduction techniques and demanded stricter emission limits.

    Its media campaigns reached more than 60 million EU citizens, via social and print media, TV reports and the distribution of a range of information brochures. The short video, which was produced, is still being distributed and had received more than 165 000 clicks on social media platforms at the end of the project.

    The expert talks in Germany and Denmark as well as the workshops with political decision-makers in several EU countries were especially successful. Good practice examples were discussed and networking among the focus countries was enhanced. This platform will be continued after the project upon request by the experts.

    The project also focused on the measurement of particle emissions related to firewood stoves. Outdoor measurements in several EU countries showed that wood burning leads to high PM emissions comparable to busy roads. High ultra-fine particle emissions, which have been shown to cause cardiovascular diseases, were measured indoors with new measuring devices. When particles especially the ultrafine ones enter the human body, they can cause and aggravate a variety of serious health problems: cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmia, lung diseases such as asthma, and even cancer. The results of the emission measurements were very useful for demonstrating the reduction potential of new filter

    ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE14 GIE/DE/000490
    Acronym: LIFE - CLEAN HEAT
    Start Date: 01/08/2015
    End Date: 31/12/2019
    Total Budget: 1,191,440 €
    EU Contribution: 714,204 €
    Project Location:
    Project Website: http://www.duh.de

    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V.
    Legal Status: PNC
    Address: Fritz-Reichle-Ring 4, 78315, Radolfzell,
    Contact Person: Patrick HUTH
    Email: huth@duh.de
    Tel: + 49 30 2400 867 77
    Fax: +49 30 2400 867 99


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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Air pollutants
    • Awareness raising - Information

    KEYWORDS

    • public awareness campaign
    • air pollution
    • pollution control
    • environmental impact of energy

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • COM (2013/0918) - A Clean Air Programme for Europe (18.12.2013)

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. Coordinator
    DEC(Danish Ecological Council), Denmark Participant

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