The use of biomass for the production of heat for domestic use has been widely recognized throughout Europe, as one of the factors that produces the greatest environmental impacts due to the significant emission of pollutants.

A workshop about “Case studies for in-depth and analysis on initiatives and on good practices in the management of pollution phenomena related to biomass combustion”, was held in Milan, in the first week of October in the frame of the CREIAMOPA project of the Ministry of ecological transition.

The initiative shared with the Regions and Local Authorities a series of experiences carried out on some topics of particular importance related to the management of atmospheric pollution phenomena linked to the combustion of biomass, as well as to stimulate a joint discussion about the recent initiatives launched at the same regional and local administrations.

Our partner Techne Consulting presented the results of the work about “Research, analysis and implementation of 7 case studies of particular importance in the context of the development and dissemination of procedures for the reduction of atmospheric emissions from the combustion of biomass for civil use” realized in the in the context of the project.

In the presentation Techne Consulting proposed a series of suggestions to the Ministry and among these, some suggestions regarding the promotion of Living Labs.

In particular, a Living Lab project was suggested in the areas most involved in the problems of PM from the combustion of wood aimed at communicating to the population the critical issues connected to the non-optimal combustion of wood, eliminating the cliché that burning wood is good in any case and instead highlighting the risks connected to it and the need to change the behavior in its use.  The direct involvement of citizens in monitoring behavior and consequent pollution should make it possible to evaluate the effects of community awareness and education initiatives for the correct use of biomass.

Another suggestion is related to the promotion of an action to raise awareness of the agricultural world with innovative tools such as Living Labs with the direct involvement of farmers in order to increase awareness on the opportunities for producers deriving from a virtuous management of agricultural residues, as opposed to their uncontrolled combustion.