Energy Efficiency News has reportered that the green charity, Environmental Protection UK (EPUK), is warning that the Coalition Government’s recently announced renewable heat incentive (RHI) could lead to increasing air pollution, especially in urban areas.
The RHI offers businesses and households incentives to use renewable heat from the likes of biomass systems such as wood-fired boilers. But EPUK warns that biomass heating systems can release high levels of air pollutants when fuel is burnt, presenting a potential health risk in built-up areas.
According to statistics from the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, pollutants released by biomass heating systems, similar to those from vehicles, could contribute to up to 200,000 premature deaths a year.
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