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Morten Winther

Review, improvement and harmonisation of the Nordic particulate matter air emission inventories

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  • Ole-Kenneth Nielsen
  • Jytte Boll Illerup, Denmark
  • Karin Kindbom, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden
  • Kristina Saarinen, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finland
  • Kristin Aasestad, Statistics Norway, Norway
  • Birna Hallsdottir, Environment Agency of Iceland, Iceland
  • Morten Winther
  • Åke Sjödin, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden
  • Kari Makela, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
  • Johanna Mikkola-Pusa, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finland
  • Department of Policy Analysis
  • Department of Policy Analysis

In this study the Nordic particulate matter (PM) emission inventories are compared and for the most important sources - residential wood burning and road transport - a quality analysis is carried out based on PM measurements conducted and models used in the Nordic countries. All the institutions in charge of the work on emission inventories in the Nordic countries have participated in this project together with researchers performing PM measurements in the residential and transport sectors in the Nordic countries in order to increase the quality of the PM national inventories. The ratio between the reported emissions of PM10 and PM2.5 was calculated for each country. Norway has the largest share of PM2.5 compared to PM10 (88 %), whereas Finland has the lowest (66 %). Denmark and Sweden are right in the middle with 73 and 76 %, respectively. The completeness of the inventories was assessed with particular emphasis on the categories where emissions were reported by one or more countries, while the other categories reported notation keys. It is found that the PM emission inventories generally are complete and that the sources reported as not estimated only are expected to have minor contributions to the total PM emissions. The variability of emission factors for residential wood combustion is discussed and it is illustrated that the emission factors can vary by several orders of magnitude.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherNational Environmental Research Institute, Aarhus University
Number of pages77
ISBN (Print)978-87-7073-211-6
ISBN (Electronic)1600-0048
Publication statusPublished - 2010
SeriesNERI Technical Report

    Research areas

  • emission inventory, particles, emissions, PM2.5, TSP, wood burning stoves

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