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Firewood: Air Pollution

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 102534, tabled on 12 January 2022

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.

Answered on

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:

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.