Toxic emissions and devalued CO2-neutrality: Stem wood burning violates sustainable development

Rolf Czeskleba-Dupont

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    With reference to the paradigme shift regarding the formation of dioxins in municiplan solid waste incinerators experimental results are taken into account which lead to the suspicion that the same mechanism of de-novo-synthesis also applies to fireplace chimneys. This can explain the dioxin contributions to air pollution that have been measured in local areas as Gunsømagle by Danish NERI.The dioxin reduction aim of the Stockholm Convention has, therefore, to be applied in Denmark, but this has in the Danish government's plan of implementation as of 2006 been postponed because of alleged climate friendly effects of substituting wood burning for fossil fuels. With reference to Bent Sørensen's classical work on 'Renewable Energy' the assumption of CO2-neutrality regarding incineration is problematised when applied to plants with long rotation periods as trees. Registered CO2-emissions from wood burning are characterised together with particle and PAH emissions. The positive treatment of wood stove-technology in the Danish strategy for sustainable development (draft 2007) is critically evaluated and approaches to better regulation are identified.

    Translated title of the contributionToksiske emissioner og devalueret CO2-neutralitet: Stamtræfyring krænker bæredygtig udvikling
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde
    PublisherRoskilde Universitet
    ISBN (Print)978-87-7349-731-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • dioxins
    • particles
    • PAH
    • Stockholm Convention
    • CO2-neutrality thesis
    • strategy for sustainable development
    • regulation

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