Toxic emissions and devaluated CO2-neutrality: Expanded combustion of stem wood violates sustainable development

Rolf Czeskleba-Dupont

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Environmental, energy and climate policies need fresh reflections. In order to evaluate
toxics reduction policies the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is
mandatory. Denmark's function as lead country for dioxin research in the context of the
OSPAR Convention is contrasted with a climate policy whose goals of CO2-reduction were
made operational by green-wash. Arguments are given for the devaluation of CO2-
neutrality in case of burning wood. Alternative practices as storing C in high quality wood
products and/or leaving wood in the forest are recommended.
A counter-productive effect of dioxin formation in the cooling phase of wood burning
appliances has been registered akin to de-novo-synthesis in municipal solid waste
incinerators. Researchers, regulators and the public are, however, still preoccupied by
notions of oven design and operation parameters, assuming that dioxin behaves on line
with other toxic pollutants from incomplete combustion. Evidence is given that this is not
the case.
Societal-historical problems of lacking consistency in dioxin research are contrasted with
more sustainable approaches.
Translated title of the contributionToksiske emissioner og devalueret CO2-neutralitet: Udvidet forbrænding af stamtræ strider imod bæredygtig udvikling
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSaarbrücken
PublisherVDM Verlag
Number of pages80
ISBN (Print)978-3-639-20532-9
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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  • Stockholm Convention
  • dioxin formation
  • waste incinerators
  • CO2-neutrality
  • global warming
  • regulation conflicts
  • climate policy
  • energy policy
  • environmental policy
  • wood stoves

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