The SIA met with Thérèse Coffey, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DEFRA to discuss the impact of wood burning on air quality. Thérèse Coffey was well informed about the activities of the SIA and was supportive of the initiatives the SIA were taking to reduce emissions from wood burning stoves. She was impressed with the reduction in emissions with Ecodesign stoves and recognised the need to encourage uses to replace existing appliances, in order to maximise the impact of Ecodesign stoves. The SIA advocated a replacement scheme that would give users an incentive to replace their old stove or open fire.
DEFRA understands that consumers needed to be educated on the benefits of clean burning stoves and welcomed the SIA Ecodesign Ready scheme. The Ecodesign Ready scheme makes wood burning stoves part of the solution in reducing emissions. Thérèse Coffey highlighted the need to burn right quality of wood. Her reasoning was that there were two parts to the solution. The SIA is providing stoves that will burn wood more cleanly but the fuel needs to be right too.
DEFRA continues to be committed to the introduction of Ecodesign even with BREXIT.
Pictured are Hugh Wells and Dennis Milligan of the SIA, with Thérèse Coffey, MP and Robert Jenrick, MP