In January 2017, the Stove Industry Alliance, (SIA), will be initiating the Ecodesign Ready Scheme; heralding a new era for the environmental benefits of wood burning stoves..
Air quality is important to all of us. Even though wood burning stoves are a relatively low source of emissions, the SIA feel it is important to reduce emissions from wood burning stoves even further.
The official launch of the scheme will be on 28th February in the Houses of Parliament. The key note speaker will Neil Parish, Chair of the Select Committee on the Environment and Rural Affairs.
Ecodesign is the European-wide programme to lower emissions. It is due to come into force in the UK in 2022. The main manufacturers in the SIA have decided to release stoves that will meet the lower emission limits now, six years early.
From 2020, the main manufacturers will be manufacturing only wood-burning stoves that meet the new Ecodesign criteria, two years ahead of schedule.
As with HD ready TVs the Ecodesign Ready label will inform consumers that the stove will meet the new stringent emission limits.
The Ecodesign Ready scheme is supported by DEFRA. The SIA Ecodesign Ready label will set the standard for the most environmentally friendly stoves available today.
The scheme is being overseen by HETAS, who will independently verify that the stoves pass the Ecodesign tests. The stoves will also appear in the HETAS Guide with the Ecodesign Ready label.