Guidelines & Tools

A Protocol for Black Carbon Emissions from Residential Wood Burning


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 standardized procedure for measurements of BC (Black Carbon) in terms of both EC (Elemental Carbon) and OC (Organic Carbon) from residential wood burning stoves. Such a standardized test can then be used for voluntary eco-labeling of wood stoves, specifically the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, “climate-friendly” stoves, and by manufacturers interested in testing and developing extremely low-emission, low-black carbon, “climate-friendly” stoves. The development of this testing protocol is part of a project supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and implemented by the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI). This testing protocol could be used by multiple national laboratories interested in establishing a standardized baseline for stove comparison in terms of black carbon emissions.

Authors: Jes Sig Andersen, Morten Gottlieb Jespersen

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