If you’re looking to purchase a wood stove currently then an Ecodesign stove is something to consider - but not essential as of yet.
What is it?
Ecodesign is the European-wide programme to lower emissions due to come into force for wood burners in the UK in 2022. The initiative is in response to DEFRA’s Clean Air Strategy which aims to reduce emission and improve air quality over the next 25 years. This strategy sits alongside three other important UK government strategies: Industrial Strategy, Clean Growth Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan.
Both DEFRA and the Mayor of London are backing the installation of SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves to reduce emissions from wood burning.
According to studies conducted, burning wood and coal to heat homes contributes 38% of UK emissions of damaging particulate matter (PM). However a new study from Kings College London has shown that across the country PM from wood burning is decreasing, even with increasing stove sales. The main reason given for a drop in emissions is the replacement of open fires and older stoves with more modern appliances. up to 71% of the emissions caused are from burning solid fuel in open fires. Burning wood on an open fire is the worst way to burn wood, both from point of view of heat generated and the emissions produced.
An SIA Ecodesign Ready stove can reduce PM emissions by 90% compared to an open fire, 80% compared to a 10 year-old stove and over 40% when compared with a DEFRA Exempt stove.
The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) has proposed an upgrade scheme that would help consumers make the move from an open fire or an older stove to an Ecodesign Ready stove. This could help accelerate the introduction of Ecodesign Ready stoves and the reduction in emissions.
What does this mean for the consumer?
There is no requirement until 2022 to purchase an Ecodesign Ready stove however many stoves that we do are already Ecodesign Ready.
When the regulations do roll in there will be no need to update existing installations either. Anything installed before 2022 will not be required to be updated for the new regulations, so if you’ve just had a stove installed or are thinking about having one soon then there’s nothing to worry about.