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Both Defra and the Mayor of London are backing the installation of SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves to reduce emissions from wood burning.
Read on to find out why you should invest in or upgrade to a new cleaner EcoDesign Ready stove now.
In its Clean Air Strategy Defra recognises that all wood burning is not the same and that reductions in particulate emissions, (PM), can be achieved through the installation of Ecodesign Ready stoves burning Ready to Burn logs.
The Mayor of London showed his support for Ecodesign Ready stoves by sponsoring two adverts in the Evening Standard encouraging Londoners to only burn dry wood and choose a Defra exempt stove which is also Ecodesign Ready.
Sadiq Khan went on to say:
"The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) and Woodsure have launched their voluntary “Ecodesign Ready” and “Ready to Burn” labels to help consumers make the right choice in London and other smoke control areas."
Speaking at the launch of SIA Ecodesign Ready on behalf of Dr. Thérèse Coffey Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Simon Hoare MP, said:
"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."
Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Select Committee Environment Food & Rural Affairs, said:
"What the SIA is doing fits in with the world we have; we have problems in our inner cities with very high levels of NOx and particulates. Anything we can do to reduce that from open fires and others, through SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves has got to be an absolute benefit."
The DEFRA Clean Air Strategy & Ecodesign Ready stoves
Defra published its draft Clean Air Strategy on 14th January 2019.
Stove owners and those thinking of buying a new stove can be assured that the government is not seeking to ban wood burning stoves. Instead it wants to ensure that consumers use the cleanest stoves and the cleanest fuel.
The Clean Air Strategy recognises that all wood burning is not the same and that reductions in particulate emissions, (PM), can be achieved through the installation of Ecodesign Ready stoves burning Ready to Burn logs that have a moisture content below 20%.
The government has also recognised that maintenance and the way in which householder operates the stove have a significant part to play in the reduction of emissions.
What it means for a stove to carry the SIA Ecodesign Ready label
In order to qualify for the SIA Ecodesign label a stove has to have been independently tested by an approved lab and met the emissions criteria for Ecodesign.
The test results then must be verified by HETAS. The stove will then be listed on the HETAS web site.
SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves will meet the DEFRA exemption criteria but the stove must still be tested for DEFRA exemption, until Ecodesign becomes law in 2022, in order to be used is a smoke control area.
As it is an SIA sponsored label, it can only be applied to SIA member stoves.
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, five years early.
Independent tests have shown that an Ecodesign Ready stove produces 90% fewer emissions than an open fire and 84% fewer than a stove of ten years ago.
The Ecodesign Ready scheme is verified by Hetas and supported by DEFRA. The SIA Ecodesign Ready label will set the standard for the most environmentally friendly stoves available today.
The Ecodesign Ready label will clearly inform consumers that the stove will meet the new stringent emission limits.
Ekol and Saltfire Stoves are at the forefront of designing and developing ultra clean burning stoves
The next model to go for new testing will be the Ekol Clarity Double-Sided Tall followed by the Ekol Inset models. Once certified you will see these listed on here as EcoDesign models.
If you have any questions about EcoDesign or reducing emissions please contact us by phone or email and we will be able to assisit quickly.