‘Ecodesign Ready’ Explained

What is Ecodesign Ready?

Designed for the environment, Ecodesign Ready stoves and fires represent the future of wood burning. Supporting the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, these advanced stoves burn so cleanly they meet, and in many cases even exceed, 2022 air quality and efficiency targets.

Ecodesign is a regulation aimed at controlling emissions from a range of appliances that use energy, including stoves, and it will come into force in 2022. In 2015 DEFRA (a UK government body – ‘Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’) cited Ecodesign as the method it will use to improve efficiency and reduce emissions from solid fuel stoves. The Ecodesign ready scheme is supported by DEFRA and the scheme is overseen by HETAS who independently verify that stoves pass the Ecodesign tests.

In simple terms, the Ecodesign regulations set new minimum seasonal efficiency and maximum emission requirements for solid fuel burning stoves, stoves with boilers and cooker appliances. Only those appliances that have been tested and verified as meeting these new limits will be able to be sold and installed legally within the UK. The emission limits include those for Particulate Matter (PM), Organic Gaseous Compounds (OGC), Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx).

The importance of reducing emissions in wood burning stoves and improving the quality of air is paramount to building a greener future. The Ecodesign ready scheme is a new landmark in the increasing environmental benefits of wood burning stoves. The main stove manufacturers in the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) have decided to release stoves that will meet the lower emissions limit now, and from this year (2020) to only manufacture wood burning stoves that meet the new Ecodesign criteria, two years ahead of schedule. The SIA Ecodesign ready label sets the standard for the most environmentally friendly stoves available today.

If you are looking to get a wood burning stove, but you’re worried about adding to pollution, then look out for the latest Ecodesign multi-fuel and wood burning stoves. New Ecodesign stoves emit an impressive 90% fewer particles than open fires and reduce particle emissions by more than 80% compared to stoves from 10 years ago, according to tests commissioned by trade body the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA). These tests also found that the emissions from open fires and old stoves increased as the fuel burnt, but with Ecodesign stoves it stayed the same.

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