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Press Release

Ecodesign Ready. The stoves of tomorrow are here today.


The recent air quality episode in London has brought home the importance of improving air quality.
Burning wood is a source of particulate matter (PM). Dr. Fuller of Kings College, London, has estimated that, in winter time wood burning accounts for around 10% of London PM emissions. The concentration of emissions, however, depends on how the wood is burnt.

The 2015 DECC Domestic Wood Usage Survey revealed that 70% of the wood burnt in London is on open fires. Independent research conducted by Kiwa has shown that Ecodesign Ready stoves can reduce particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80% compared to a stove of 10 years ago. The replacement of open fires with Ecodesign Ready stoves could significantly reduce the level of emissions from wood burning.

Particulate emissions are organic particles that come from the incomplete combustion of wood. Ecodesign Ready stoves have been engineered to burn wood more completely. The targeted introduction of combustion air at higher levels in the fire box of the stoves, reignites the particles of wood before they can leave the stove.
Ecodesign Ready stoves can also lead to significant reductions in CO, NOx and Organic Gaseous Carbon compounds (OGC).

Ecodesign is the European-wide directive to lower emissions. It is due to come into force in the UK in 2022, for wood burning stoves. The main manufacturers in the SIA have developed stoves for sale that meet the lower emission limits now and will only manufacture Ecodesign compliant stoves from 2020, two years ahead of schedule. The stoves will be branded with the SIA Ecodesign Ready label that will inform consumers that the stove will meet the new stringent emission limits.

Speaking at the launch on behalf of Dr. Thérèse Coffey, Simon Hoare, MP, said: ‘the Ecodesign Ready brand will help the consumer easily choose those appliances that meet the most important emissions standards required by the Directive. The Ecodesign Ready brand is a great example of industry taking the lead to promote the benefits of more efficient and cleaner technologies and bringing them to the market. Ecodesign Ready stoves will help to cut air pollution Therefore Defra and the Minister welcome this proactive approach.’

Wood burning stoves are also making a significant impact on carbon reduction. Wood is a renewable energy and virtually carbon neutral.

Coupled with the reduction in CO2 from burning logs in a stove means that Ecodesign Ready wood burning stoves can both deliver carbon savings and help improve air quality.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) was formed in 2008 to promote the benefits of wood-burning stoves. The SIA represents the majority of manufacturers and distributors of stoves, wood suppliers and allied equipment, operating in the UK. There are over 1.25million stoves in the UK and annual sales are in the region of 200,000 stoves. It is estimated that the industry employs 25,000 people and had a turnover of £400 million in 2015.
    The SIA is working together with government departments to develop stoves that will efficiently heat our homes and significantly reduce the production of CO2 and other emissions.
  2. Kiwa is an accredited test laboratory, approved to test wood burning appliances in the UK.
  3. High resolution Ecodesign Ready logo.