New Emission Limits for Small and Medium Combustion Installations Enter into Force

On 22 March 2010 an amendment of the German Small and Medium Combustion Installation Ordinance (Verordnung über kleine und mittlere Feuerungsanlagen – 1st BImSchV) enters into force. The amended ordinance brings clean air requirements for these  installations more in line with current technical standards. 

The 1st BImSchV specifies legal requirements for small and medium-sized combustion installations, such as wood fuelled heating systems, fireplaces and similar installations. The latest amendment lowers emission limits.

Using wood to fuel small and medium combustion installations is generally viewed as positive as it means using a renewable resource. However, burning wood causes emissions, such as particulate emissions and odor. “By setting new limits, emissions are reduced at the source, providing cleaner air and improving health and the quality of life in general. This is an important element of a sustainable environmental policy”, said Federal Environmental Minister Dr. Norbert Röttgen.

The amended 1st BImSchV tightens the legal requirements, bringing them in line with technical progress made in reducing emissions. “The amendment replaces the old requirements, which were in place since 1988, and calls for state-of-the-art techniques”, Jochen Flasbarth, President of the Federal Environment Agency remarked.

Source: Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency)

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