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Defra latest air pollution data shows Wood burning emissions decrease despite record year for stove sales

The recent air pollution data from Defra indicates an 18% reduction in PM2.5 emissions across the UK between 2012 and 2022. Specifically, particulate emissions from “domestic combustion” decreased by 3.9% for PM10 and 4% for PM2.5 between 2021 and 2022. Notably, PM2.5 emissions from the domestic use of wood fuel also saw a decline of 2.7%.

Interestingly, during the same period, stove sales reached a record high. SIA manufacturing members reported selling over 200,000 units in 2022, representing a 40% increase compared to 2021. This surge in sales can be attributed to factors such as rising energy costs and consumer concerns about grid reliability.

Despite the increased stove sales, domestic emissions have decreased. This trend underscores the positive impact of replacing open fires and older stove models with modern, Ecodesign-compliant stoves. These newer stoves are highly efficient and emit lower levels of pollutants.

It’s important to note that the term “domestic combustion” encompasses various burning activities at home, including solid fuel combustion indoors, natural gas for cooking and hot water, oil for space heating, and solid fuels used outdoors (such as BBQs and firepits).

We look forward to being able to apportion the numbers more accurately once the NAEI publishes the detailed source and activity name data that drives the top-level figures released by Defra.

Last year this clearly showed that PM2.5 emissions from Ecodesign stoves burning dry wood fuel accounted for less that 0.1% of the UK total.

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26 March 2024
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