Tasmanians rank air pollution as a major environmental concern. Emissions from woodheaters, planned burning, cars and industry all affect the air we breathe and the health of our community. All of us are responsible for local air pollution in one way or another and we can each do something every day to make a difference to our local air quality. A primary air quality issue for Tasmania is domestic wood smoke.
EPA Tasmania, in conjunction with Local Government, is implementing the
Domestic Wood Smoke Management Program. The Domestic Smoke Management Program consists of a series of annual community engagement and air quality monitoring projects known as
Burn Brighter this Winter Projects. The aim of these projects is to promote the importance of good wood heater operation and raise awareness of air quality issues in Tasmanian communities.
EPA Tasmania has developed the
Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Distributed Atmospheric Emissions) Regulations 2018 to control the manufacture, importation for sale and sale of wood heaters prohibiting those that do not meet the current Australian Standards for efficiency, (AS/NZS 4012:2014) and emissions (AS/NZS 4013:2014).
The regulations also make an offence of the emission of excessive smoke from wood heaters, fireplaces and barbecues. Backyard burning on allotments of less than 2000 square metres is also prohibited. The new regulations took effect on 31 January 2018 for a period of one year.
Additional information on the regulations is provided in the following explanatory pamphlets:
For more information on how you can help improve air quality follow the links below.