by Richard Poulter July 30, 2021 2 min read

In February 2020 the Northern Ireland Assembly declared a climate emergency. The Climate Bill aims to ensure that Northern Ireland meets legally binding net-zero carbon emissions targets by 2045. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK without such targets. In March of this year the Republic of Ireland approved a similar bill with a net-zero target by 2050. All of this is to limit the consequences of climate change.

The Assembly has been consulting with interested parties, including the public, regarding the final detail of the bill and our Industry's trade body, the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA), of which The Stove Yard are founding members, provided a comprehensive response to the call for evidence. I've produced below a brief summary of their feedback relating to stoves and you can also read the SIA's complete submission here. It was very important for the stove industry to emphasise the major role that modern low emissions, low tech' stoves can play in a low carbon domestic heating mix as well as stress the significance that stoves have for many people in mitigating the effects of fuel poverty.

Summary of the SIA's NIA Climate Bill Submission

• Moves to decarbonise the domestic heating sector is going to be very challenging
• At the moment there are few instances of genuinely non-carbon heating  
• All low-carbon technologies should therefore be considered equally valid – including wood burning stoves
• Stoves are local space heaters and provide an off grid, low carbon renewable heat source
• They are highly responsive to short term temperature fluctuations such as cold snaps
• The carbon intensity of wood fuel is less than 10% that of gas or grid electricity
• Stove owners can keep warm in the event of power outages, gas supply issues or mechanical breakdown
• Wood burning stoves have advanced technologically in recent years
• Emissions are up to 90% less than wood burned on an open fire and 80% less than a ten-year old stove
• Modern stoves offer greater controllability and higher efficiency so consume less sustainable fuel
• Heat pumps offer a low carbon renewable steady state heating solution for the whole house
• Heat pump installation is expensive and experienced installer numbers are limited
• Heat pumps and wood burning stoves can complement each other
• Heat pumps can provide steady state background heat whilst stoves can quickly deliver higher temperature room heat on demand  
• Modern stoves can be part of the solution to good air quality and also to secure sustainable heating in the low carbon energy mix of the future.

NB An alternative Climate Bill (Climate Bill No. 2) has also been introduced with less ambitious emissions targets for the agricultural sector and it is expected that some measures from both bills may be adopted by Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

DOWNLOAD SIA submission here


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Stove Yard Blog

Traeger Happy TV – Rustling up a feast on a Traeger
Traeger Happy TV – Rustling up a feast on a Traeger

by Richard Poulter January 13, 2022 1 min read

Traeger Happy TV – Rustling up a feast on a Traeger

Just before Christmas our friend, private dining chef and Northern Ireland's very own barbecue cook extraordinaire, Jasper Castel, paid a visit to our County Down showroom to check out the latest Traegar Grills. Not being one to waste an opportunity where good food and good company is concerned The Stove Yard team contrived to make sure a turkey with all the trimmings could be readily at hand...

Traeger Pellet Grills Black Friday Offer
Check Out Our Smokin' New Traeger Grill Video with Special Offers

by Richard Poulter November 22, 2021 1 min read

When it comes to road-testing any of our new outdoor barbecue or grills you don't need to ask our County Down sales team twice – especially when our friend, chef Jasper Castel, is willing to rustle up some ever-so tasty baby back ribs and chicken wings to demonstrate just how easy it is to use a wood pellet fired Traeger grill and smoker. Naturally we had to film it... read more
The Sun shines a positive light on stoves and their running costs
The Sun shines a positive light on stoves and their running costs

by Peter Gough November 12, 2021 1 min read

After all the scaremongering and misinformation about stoves a national daily paper finally sets the record straight with a factual article on exactly what it costs to run a wood burner compared to electricity and gas. The Sun article makes welcome news to stove lovers everywhere who probably knew all of this anyway. Since the article was written before Firmus, one of Northern Ireland's two gas suppliers, announced that their price will rise by 38%, adding a further £267 to a typical annual gas bill, the comparison will now be much more in favour of stoves.

read more...

Sign up for our Newsletter