Emissions from burning plastics in domestic fireplaces, household stoves and boilers, with special focus on POPs

20.7.2013 - Belarus

A new literature review pertaining to emissions from burning plastics in domestic fireplaces, household stoves and boilers, with a special focus on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), has been prepared for Arnika and Center of Environmental Solutions by Alan Watson C.Eng (Public Interest Consultants).

Pollution from domestic sources has become the focus of increasing research and regulatory attention in recent years. This is mainly because major efforts towards the reduction of certain emissions to air in the industrial sector have been successful. Emissions of Persistent Organic Pollutants ('POPs') - most notably polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/polychlorinated dibenzofurans ("PCDD/PCDF" or, more commonly simply "dioxins") and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH's) have been particularly important because of the serious health and environmental impacts.

 

The literature review is based on publications relevant to European countries where data about domestic combustion sources with potential for high emissions of dioxins is available. In some cases, studies carried out in comparable conditions in other parts of the world were also used to supplement this data. The publication was released as a part of the project "Strengthening public participation on environmental decision making and SAICM implementation in Belarus" implemented by Arnika and CES with the financial assistance of the European Union.

You can download the literature review here: Alan_Watson_Domestic_Combustion.pdf

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