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Reducing Air Pollution

​​​​​​​​​​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 (Smoke) Regul​ations 2019​ 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 cover smoke from wood heaters, fireplaces, barbecues and backyard burning. 

Additional information on the regulations is provided in the following factsheets:

  Factsheet - Rules for Wood-Fired Heating and Cooking   (331Kb)

  Factsheet - Rules for Backyard Burning   (288Kb)​

For more information on how you can help improve air quality follow the links below.

Useful Links

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    Air Specialist
    134 Macquarie Street
    Hobart TAS 7000
    Phone: 03 6165 4599 Fax: 03 6173 0254
    Email: Enquiries@epa.tas.gov.au