This protocol was developed and subsequently tested in 2012–2015 by Nordic test and research institutes, with Danish Technological Institute as project manager. This protocol describes a potential...
A 2010 UNEP Assessment estimates that 0.2 Mt BC could be mitigated from wood stoves in industrialized nations through replacement with pellet stoves; and 2.2Mt from solid fuel stoves in developing countries, but did not differentiate between stoves used for cooking, heating or combined cooking and heating. In 3-5 years, a combination of Burn Right and stove replacement measures could mitigate 30-90% of woodburning emissions in locales that adopt these measures or campaigns, based on initial work under the Nordic and Arctic Councils, depending strongly however on level of consumer adoption.
The larger portion of reductions will take place by addressing coal heating stoves and combined cooking and heating, which as noted have not yet been quantified separately from stoves used exclusively for cooking, but which is pre-requisite to addressing this developing country sector.
This effort will have multiple benefits for climate change, air quality, human health, economic and social development, fire safety and capacity-building. It will reduce BC emissions, particularly near snow and ice covered regions, as well as emissions of co-emitted pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, organic carbon, methane, and carbon dioxide, and will reduce deforestation and forest degradation from wood fuel use. It will improve both indoor and ambient air quality, with concomitant health benefits, particularly for women and children who spend more time indoors breathing in the smoke from inefficient cooking and heating stoves. It will reduce household costs associated with fuel used for heating. It will also build capacity of governments, the public, and stove manufacturers to understand the climate and health risks of solid fuel used for residential heating, allowing them to make more informed choices and design stoves that are less damaging to climate and public health.