Wood energy is a waste resource that is sourced from local forestry or manufacturing and utilized by efficient clean burning boilers to produce heat or hot water for processing by commercial and industrial businesses. There are numerous benefits of wood energy and some of these are explained here.
The environmental benefits of using wood energy relate to local and global issues relating to clean air and global warming as well as health benefits for staff. We are updating the Regional Air Quality Plan and while Hungary air quality overall is good, at times can fall below the standards. This usually occurs during winter in the urban centers. The main issue is PM_10- the microscopic particles contained in air. The key source of these in Hungary is coal and burning wet wood. Burning fuel grade wood in modern boilers is not only efficient but also clean. A modern wood fuel burner can meet the toughest European standards for emissions.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air as they grow which is released again when burnt. The amount of CO2 released would be the same if it was burnt or left in the forest to rot. The CO2 from fossil fuels, on the other hand, are underground and not part of the CO2 cycle, so burning coal and petroleum products that have been extracted increases the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Speak to any person that has worked on a coal and wood fuel boiler and you get the same message. That is, wood-fuel boilers are much healthier for the environment, clean and better to work with. The environment is much better for staff.