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Press Release


SIA Ecodesign Ready Stoves Reduce Carbon Emissions & Help Mitigate Climate Change.


6/11/2018

New Met Office report points to UK climate change, with the hottest days becoming hotter and the coldest days becoming warmer.

The need to reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuels is becoming even more pressing. Wood burning stoves are playing a significant role in helping the UK achieve its carbon emission targets.

Wood is one of the most environmentally friendly fuels that can be used. It is a sustainable and renewable energy source which is virtually carbon neutral. The natural cycle of planting and harvesting trees has created a sustainable process that will provide carbon neutral solid fuel far into the future. CO2 is taken out of the atmosphere by growing trees at the same time as it is released by the combustion of the previous harvest. To reflect this closed loop CO2 cycle the carbon factor for wood logs in the official BEIS software used to measure the energy efficiency of homes (SAP) is only a fraction of that for electricity, oil and gas.

Concerns expressed about the PM emissions from wood burning are being addressed by Defra in its new Clean Air strategy which rather than reducing the amount of wood being burnt is advocating the use of dry wood on the cleanest burning wood stoves, as regulated under the lower Ecodesign emission limits. With the approval of Defra, the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) has promoted the use of SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves. The use of SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves can significantly reduce both the level of PM and CO2 emissions.

Independent research conducted by Kiwa Gastec on behalf of the SIA has shown that SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves can reduce particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire. The significance of emissions reduction is under pinned by the BEIS domestic wood burning survey which showed that, for example, 70% of the wood burnt in London is on open fires even though this is not permitted under the Clean Air Act.