Every winter, air pollution becomes the central theme of a heated debate. The high levels of fine particles in the air, increased by the high pressure and the absence of wind typical of the Po Valley, triggers traffic limitation measures. This year the circulation of vehicles up to EURO 6 diesel was prohibited in Rome.
Wood biomass, wood and pellet heating is also indicated as the main responsible for the smog emergency. It is necessary to avoid the spreading of partial information that does not promote concrete solutions. Opinion leaders and researchers expressed themselves categorically, citing data and expressing incomplete and sometimes misleading opinions.
In recent years there has been an increase in wood and pellet consumption
False. According to the latest GSE Statistical Report1 , the consumption of wood and pellets in the residential sector has remained stable over the past 6 years. At a regional level, the 2013 Arpa Veneto2 survey recorded a drop in wood consumption of 260,000 tons compared to the 2006’s consumption.