Pollution is a problem for all citizens, transcending both regional and national boundaries. All Members States need to introduce policies and measures that aim at improving air quality.
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A major obstacle to the spread of biomass heating is represented by the emissions of fine particles. Problem that can be solved with technological innovation: an old fireplace can exceed 700 mg per cubic meter of fine dust, a new generation pellet stove can even be under ten milligrams.
Quarterly, digital and free, the technical magazine "Agriforenergy" is not only the main official channel of communication of AIEL with members and subscribers, but it is also an information and in-depth tool on the main issues revolving around renewable energy from agriculture and forests : solid agro-forestry biomass, biogas and biomethane, agricultural biofuels and renewable raw materials.
Four videos to tell the 5 actions for heating with wood and low-emission pellets. This time through the faces and voices of AIEL technicians who make their know-how available to the end-users and explain how to use wood and pellets safely, respecting the environment and air quality.
IrBEA have Initiated a modelling tool to predict emissions from boilers in the <1MW range. In this model a boiler installer puts in the emissions of particulates and NOx in mg/second, and the distance to the nearest sensitive site.
Ireland and the EU have made great strides over recent decades to reduce local air pollution which was having a detrimental effect on human health. A key measure is what is commonly referred to as the “Smokey Coal” ban in designated areas. This effectively bans the sale of fuels that emit high proportions of harmful emissions to the air. At the same time there are increasingly ambitious, legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions across the economy, allied to higher overall targets for the use of renewable heating under RED II
Ratgeber Ofen is the service portal for interested parties and users of fireplaces for solid fuels. On the website (currently only in German) and in the social media, questions on the selection of appliances, correct operation and suitable fuels will be answered, as well as questions on legal principles and regulatory requirements for fireplaces
The quality mark for modern fireplaces can be awarded to appliances that meet requirements that go beyond the currently valid emission limits in Germany. The Objective is to achieve permanently low emission rates and high efficiency values of the appliances even in practical operation and focus on the durability of the appliances and reduce real life emissions of appliances and to approximate the type test results.
Training and Examinations (Czech Republic)
With the rise of new installations of equipment using RES around the world, of course, installations also began to appear that were carried out unprofessionally, in violation of valid regulations, or not fully functional. The European Commission has therefore added to its Directive 2009/28 / EC a regulation on certification schemes for installers of biomass boilers and stoves, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, shallow geothermal systems and heat pumps.
Heating with wood has a long tradition in Austria. Energy wood assortments form an important source of income for agriculture and forestry and make a valuable contribution to the sustainable management of forests. In rural regions in particular, there is a positive general mood among the population, but there are also numerous prejudices against heating with wood with regard to sustainable management, climate neutrality and fine dust emissions from the heaters and stoves.
Campaign, Video, and Website (Austria)
The certification programs for bioheating installers and chimney sweeps have been running very successfully for over 20 years. Over 34% of all installers in Austria have already been certified. Installers or chimney sweeps receive the certificate after attending a 3 - 5 day seminar with a subsequent final examination. In addition, installers must provide evidence of 3 installed biomass boilers.
Country Profile (Lithuania)
Lithuania is one of the Baltic states, with a GDP of about 50bn EUR and a high level of human development from a mostly urban population. Lithuania’s climate is transitional, between maritime and continental, with moderate winters and summers. Around a third of its surface is covered by forests.
Country Profile (France)
France is on of the founding Members of the EU and the second economy, located in western European, it has a very high level of human development and a GDP per capita above the European average with a rather urban population . Most mainland France has a continental weather except those under the Mediterranean influence. Almost 30% of its land is covered by forests
Campaign (United Kingdom)
Biomass Heat Works! is a targeted, industry-backed campaign delivered by the UK Pellet Council urging the UK Government to better support biomass when decarbonising heat in rural and off-gas grid areas.
Biomass in Your Home' is an informative project, promoted and developed by the Spanish Biomass Association – AVEBIOM and the Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving – IDAE, developed in 2015 and 2016, whose main objective was to disclose the advantages of the use of biomass as an energy source for heating and hot water in Spanish households in order to reduce their 74% discount among the population.
Vous vous chauffez au bois via un poêle (bûches ou pellets) ou une chaudière biomasse (bûches, pellets, plaquettes) ? Félicitations, vous bénéficiez déjà d’une chaleur verte écologique et vous utilisez un combustible des plus économiques. Mais, pour profiter au mieux de votre appareil, il est important d’utiliser un combustible de qualité. Voici nos conseils pour un achat judicieux et responsable de votre combustible !
Chauffage avec bûches, OUI, mais pas n'importe comment! «La maître du feu» est une campagne de sensibilisation wallonne pour une utilisation optimale de son chauffage au bois grâce à l'utilisation de conseils utiles et concrets. Pour être économique, sain et écologique, le chauffage au bois doit être mis en œuvre dans de bonnes conditions: choix de l'équipement, sélection du bois, entretien régulier de la cheminée.
Country Profile (Italy)
Italy is a European country with a very high level of human development, its economy is the third largest in the EU.
Country Profile (Latvia)
Latvia is located in the Baltic region on Northern Europe, with and an annual GDP of about 30bn EUR and a rather urban population.
Country Profile (Hungary)
Hungary is a country in Central Europe located in the Carpathian Basin. Hungary has a temperate seasonal climate. Approximately 22.6% of land area is forested.
Country Profile (Greece)
Greece is a south-Eastern European country located in the south end of the Balkan peninsula, Greece has a very high level of human development and a GDP below the European average and a rather urban population .
Country Profile (Estonia)
Estonia is a northern European country with a high level of human development and a rather urban population .
Country Profile (Finland)
Finland is a Scandinavian country located in Northern Europe. Climate ranges from Southern Finland's humid continental climate to the boreal climate of the north. Forests cover more than 75 per cent of the land area of Finland. Measured by the proportional share of forest land, Finland is the most forested country in Europe.
Country Profile (Austria)
Austria is a central European country with a very high level of human development and a GDP per capita above the European average and a rather urban population.
Country Profile (Sweden)
Sweden is a Northern European country, with high level of urbanization , in 2019 87% of Sweden population lived in urban areas and cities . Sweden has a GDP above EU average and was the 7th EU economy in 2019.
Country Profile (Spain)
Spain is a southwestern European country with a very high level of human development and a GDP per capita below the European average and a urbanised population.
Country Profile (Poland)
Poland is a country located in Central Europe and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. Forests cover about 30% of Poland's territory.
Country Profile (Netherlands)
Netherlands is one of the founding Members of the European Union. Also known informally as Holland in honour to this province, the country has a very high level of human development, a GDP well above the European average and a very urbanised population.
Country Profile (Czech Republic)
Czechia is a country in Central Europe, with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. Forests cover approximately 35.5% of the land area of Czechia .