To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish all the research studies that the Government has commissioned in the last five years to estimate the contribution of domestic wood burning to primary emissions of fine particulate matter.
20 January 2022
Within the last five years the Government has commissioned and published the following research studies to investigate the contribution of wood burning to PM2.5 concentrations:
- Airborne particles from wood burning in UK Cities, 2018: https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/reports?report_id=953).
- Burning in UK homes and gardens, 2020; https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/reports?report_id=1014)
Additionally, we have commissioned research to analyse data from the Black Carbon Network. However, findings from these studies do not inform estimates of the contribution of wood burning to PM2.5 concentrations. The following reports are in preparation for publication:
- Further assessment of PM from wood burning UK-wide
- Wood burning during the UK COVID-19 lockdowns
Most recently we commissioned a £1.6 million research project to investigate the emissions associated with different solids fuels. This research will begin to deliver results in 2023.