Strategies for Reducing Air Pollutants from Wood Combustion in Stressed Regions

Expert Round Table Discussion organized by IEA Bioenergy Task 32 (Biomass Combustion)

  • Timing: Thursday, 5th of October 2023, 7:30 – 9:30 Alaska Daylight Saving Time Zone, USA (GMT-8)
  • Concept: Hybrid event – speakers present in Fairbanks and online, audience welcome to attend in person or online. For those wishing to attend in person, please send an email to: Please register EARLY for in-person attendance, as there is a limit of 20.
  • Location: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
  • Admission: Free (continental breakfast and drinks will be served)
  • Please register here.

Wood combustion, particularly in residential applications, is a significant source of air pollution. Remedial actions considered by policy makers, regulatory agencies at state, provincial / territorial and municipal governments to control air quality are numerous. This event aims to bring inspirations and experiences across from Europe and North America on strategies for reducing air pollution and is intended as an exchange between the IEA Bioenergy experts and North American stakeholders. Most of the IEA Bioenergy Task 32 member country representatives will be in attendance, allowing a chance for networking, to learn about how the challenge of reaching a large number of wood combustion users is tackled in other countries.

Draft programme:

  • 7:30 – Welcome and introduction
  • Sebnem Madrali, IEA Bioenergy Task 32/CanmetENERGY – Natural Resources Canada

  • 7:40 – Strategies for reducing the impact on air quality from residential wood combustion
  • Dr. Hans Hartmann, Technology and Support Centre of Renewable Raw Materials (TFZ)

  • 8:00 – State of Alaska Fairbanks PM2.5 Nonattainment Area Overview
  • Steven Hoke, Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB), Air Quality Department and Cory McDonald, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

  • 8:20 Introduction to CCME Guidance Manual on Managing Air Emissions from Small Solid Biomass Combustors
  • Steven Law, Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks

  • 8:40 Municipal Biomass Combustion in Canada – Notes From Each Side of the Podium
  • David Dubois, Fink Machine, and Councillor Village of Cache Creek 

  • 9:00 Moderated round table discussion between speakers with questions from the audience
  • 9:25 Concluding Remarks