Wood heater efficiency

Wood heater efficiency

July 2016

THE ENVIRONMENT Protection Authority (EPA) and the Tasmanian Government, along with Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) are hosting a workshop for air specialists, scientists, regulators and industry representatives from around Australia and New Zealand on wood smoke in the human environment this July.

The ‘BISMITHE’ Workshop is being held from 12th to 14th July in Deloraine, and a public forum is being offered in the evening on 12th July at the Deloraine Community Centre for interested members of the Meander Valley and surrounding communities.

EPA Senior Air Scientist, Dr John Innis said that the Workshop is designed for experts in air monitoring, research and management, providing them with an opportunity to come together to discuss a range of issues relating to wood smoke pollution.

“Wood smoke is the most significant air pollution in Tasmania,” said Dr Innis. “This is the first time that we will hold a meeting in Tasmania of air specialists from around the country to discuss the issues.”

“The Workshop is designed with a local focus, giving participants a taste of the wood smoke issues relating to Tasmanian communities, and also providing residents with information to assist them in reducing emissions from domestic wood heaters.”

“All residents of Deloraine and the surrounding areas are warmly invited to attend the evening forum,” he shared. “It will include two short talks on wood smoke followed by questions.”

“Weather permitting, the EPA will also showcase its mobile air monitoring station which won an Award for innovation from CASANZ in 2014 and has since been adopted by other State EPA’s for mobile air quality testing,” he elaborated.

In addition, “the station willbe taken around local areas to measure air quality and the results of wood smoke levels will be transmitted in real time back to the Community Centre for discussion.”

For further information contact Denice Barker, EPA Tasmania on 0427 373 342 or email denice.barker@environment. tas.gov.au.