Domestic Heating

Emissions & Domestic Heating

Wood stoves and the burning of coal to heat homes emit black carbon to the atmosphere and can be a health hazard. The emissions depend on stove technology, the quality of the fuel, and how the fires are lit and burn. Wood stove technologies have improved but further measures are important given that wood burning is expected to increase because of low costs and efforts to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. Replacing old wood stoves with more efficient appliances could also reduce emissions of other greenhouse gases.