Wood burning blamed for rise in particulate emissions

Progress on cutting emissions of particulate is going backwards due to the rising popularity of wood-burning stoves.

Last year was one of the few to have seen an increase in fine particulates (PM2.5) since estimates began five decades ago. Emissions rose 1.8% to 106,887 tonnes, according to DEFRA’s annual statistical update on air pollutant emissions, published today.

Most sources of the pollutant, such as from vehicles and industry, have fallen significantly over the past ten years. But emissions from domestic combustion have risen by 33% between 2008 and 2018, says the report.

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