A report commissioned by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) suggests that there should be a complete ban on CO2-emitting products, and that it is better to burn all the wood in your house than let it become toxic.
The report, which was released on Thursday by the Irish Council for Scientific Research (ICSR), says that, with the current government, there are plans for more than 10,000 homes in Ireland to be converted to an all-wood-burning system.
The EFSRA also warns that more wood should be cut down to the ground and that a new standard is needed for wood products to be labelled with a symbol that identifies their source.
“If you are not a wood-consuming country, you should reduce your CO2 emissions by burning all the woods,” said EFSR spokesman Jim Cooley.
The plan, which comes on the heels of the government’s announcement that it would scrap a ban on new coal-fired power stations, would remove a requirement that all products, including furniture and furniture products, contain no more than 15% CO2.
The proposal also removes a requirement for the EU to require all new power stations to be 100% wood-burning.
“It’s about getting rid of the existing regulations that have been imposed on this country.
We have the best of the best in the world, but there are some that are out of date and need to be revised,” said Mr Cooley, who is also a professor of environmental science at the University of Strathclyde.”
We need to look at the other alternatives and see if there is a way we can move forward.”
The report recommends that “all” of the products sold in Ireland should be certified as wood-free.
“It is clear that the existing laws and regulations have not been met and that more must be done to improve standards and make them more compliant with international standards,” said Ms Breena Mulligan, director of the EFSSR.
The move comes amid growing concerns over the health of the country’s forests, which have been devastated by the introduction of the coal industry in the early 20th century.
The Irish Forest, Forest Products and Forestry Agency (IFFA) has warned that the introduction and expansion of coal-burning power stations has caused the “decrease of biodiversity, the loss of forests, and the disruption of the natural environment”.
The Irish Government has said it is committed to protecting the forests, as well as its climate and energy policy, and is committed, for the first time in a century, to a national CO2 reduction target.
But the EFA has warned of the environmental costs of the new plantings, as the introduction is being financed by the European Union and the European Investment Bank.
The government has also committed to a reduction of emissions from wood-based products, which are estimated to emit more than 100 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
The Government is currently negotiating with the EU and EIFFA over the emissions cap for wood-fired electricity.
It is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.
The new government is also looking at the issue of whether to ban all types of wood products altogether.
“Our objective is to ensure that there is no additional burden on our environment and we have taken action on this,” said Environment Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
“In recent months we have been taking action on a number of measures that are designed to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.”
The EFIRA has also set out a number different options for how to implement the plan, including setting up a “community consultation” on the matter, and making changes to the way the legislation is being interpreted.