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Title: Contribution of residential wood combustion to PM10 levels in Portugal
Author: Borrego, C.
Valente, J.
Carvalho, A.
Sá, E.
Lopes, M.
Miranda, A. I.
Keywords: Residential combustion
PM10 emissions
Air quality modelling
PM10 concentrations
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Wood is commonly used in residential combustion for heating purposes; however, it can be a major source of air pollutants, namely fine particles, volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide. Since 2004, the PM10 daily limit value has been surpassed in Portugal, and the European Commission has stated that plans and programs must be designed in order to reduce these levels. In Portugal, 18% of PM10 emissions are due to residential wood combustion, which may deeply impact the PM10 levels in the atmosphere. The main aim of this study is to investigate the impact of residential wood combustion on the air quality in Portugal. The air quality modelling system MM5/CHIMERE was applied over Portugal for a winter month, for the following three scenarios: the reference scenario, considering the actual emissions of PM10; scenario 1, where residential wood combustion emissions are not considered; and scenario 2, which takes into account a complete conversion from traditional fireplaces to certified appliances (with a 90% reduction in PM emissions). The residential wood combustion contribution to PM10 air quality concentration values during January 2007 ranges from 0 to 14 μg m−3, with a mean contribution of 10 μg m−3 in the Lisboa area and 6 μg m−3 in the Porto region. Concerning the legislated values, the area where the daily average limit value (50 μg m−3) is exceeded decreases by 46% in the simulation when residential combustion is not considered. The modelling results for scenario 2 are not significantly different from those for scenario 1. In summary, the regulation of the residential wood combustion sector is as an effective way to reduce the PM10 levels in the atmosphere as regards air quality plans and programs.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.11.020
ISSN: 1352-2310
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