Guidance Manual on Managing Air Emissions from Small Solid Biomass Combustors

September 1, 2021 in New Documents

CCME has posted Guidance Manual on Managing Air Emissions from Small Solid Biomass Combustors.

Biomass or wood combustors are seeing a renaissance in Canada, partly for ecological reasons, partly due to the lower cost of woody biomass fuel. Biomass is considered a low-carbon fuel, reducing lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to fossil fuels. Biomass combustors also use a local rather than an imported resource, thereby stimulating local economic development. Despite these advantages, biomass combustors are perceived as polluting, and as creating more local air emissions than most gas- or oil-fired heating devices.

Recent advancements in biomass combustion technology and wood fuel quality standards make it possible to minimize both global greenhouse gas and local air pollutant emissions. This guidance will assist jurisdictions in effectively managing air emissions from SSBCs.

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