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Press release on Climate | Energy

Wood-fired heating: Not every type of fuel may be used in fireplace or tiled stove

Heating with wood is gentle on the climate because burning wood produces only as much carbon dioxide as the trees had previously sunk during their growth. However, under less-than-optimal conditions, incomplete combustion, or use of improper fuels, wood-fired heaters can emit large volumes of hazardous air pollutants, e.g. particulate matter or polycyclic  aromatic hydrocarbons that are harmful to health. High-quality wood, technologically perfect systems and economic use can greatly reduce emissions from these units. All this information and more about heating with wood is provided in the free Federal Environment Agency (UBA) publication Heizen mit Holz (in German only). read more

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