The problem: Wood smoke from fireplaces and wood stoves is the #1 source of wintertime air pollution in Bay Area. Wood burning produces CO2 and black carbon, a very potent GHG.
Opportunity for clean energy solution: We urge the Air District to seize this opportunity to subsidize high-efficiency electric heating (heat pumps) to replace existing wood stoves, not just require more efficient wood burning heaters.
San Francisco Public Workshop on proposed changes to restrictions on wood burning.
Wood smoke from fireplaces and wood stoves is the #1 source of wintertime air pollution in Bay Area. Wood burning produces CO2 and black carbon, a very potent GHG. Some homes in the Bay Area have only very dirty wood burning devices for space heat.
Health impacts of wood smoke: Respiratory illnesses in children: pneumonia, bronchiolitis, which are major causes of disease and death in young children. Wood smoke aggravates asthma. Long -term exposure may lead to respiratory system cancers.
The Air District is proposing a rule to require only certified EPA heaters be used on Spare the Air Days. However, the stated performance of EPA certified wood stoves degrades with use to the point where the particulate emissions are comparable to non-certified wood stoves.
Clean energy solution We can do better. Heat pump heating collects heat from ambient air and transfers it into the building, instead of generating it through electric resistance. Up to 4 times as efficient as electric resistance.
We urge the Air District to seize this opportunity to subsidize high-efficiency electric heating (heat pumps) to replace existing wood stoves, not just require more efficient (but still bad for health and climate) wood burning heaters. Electrification of buildings, by transitioning from natural gas appliances for space heating, water heating, and clothes drying, to heat pump electric alternatives, is a key strategy to meet the region’s and the state’s climate goals.
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WHEN AND WHERE
Monday, April 20 Walnut Creek 6 - 8 PM
Walnut Creek City Hall City Council Chambers
1666 North Main St., Walnut Creek
Wednesday, April 22, Suisun City 6 - 8 PM
City of Suisun City Council Chambers
701 Civic Center Blvd., Suisun City
Friday, April 24 San Francisco* 10 AM - 12 PM
Bay Area Air Quality Management District Boardroom
939 Ellis St., San Francisco - *Meeting will be webcast, live link available day of
939 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA 94109
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