Ecodesign Stoves – Improving the environmental credentials of wood burning
Ecodesign is a new Europe-wide environmental scheme aimed at significantly reducing the emissions that wood burning and multi fuel stoves produce. The energy labelling you now see on stoves was the first phase. Eccodesign will come into force in full on 1st January 2022 and all new stoves for sale after that date must have passed increased efficiency and reduced emissions standards which, for the first time, will include critical tests for nitrous oxides (NOx), organic gaseous carbon (OGC) and particulate matter (PM). Many older stoves were never ever going to pass these tough new tests and have consequently been withdrawn by manufacturers, so from that point of view you could say Ecodesign has already been a success. Independent tests have shown that an Ecodesign stove delivers a 90% reduction in particulate emissions compared to an open fire and around 80% compared to an old stove. In addition Ecodesign wood burners are virtually carbon-neutral and are therefore still the simplest way to cost-effectively and significantly reduce your home’s greenhouse (CO2) gas production. Although the odd one or two non-compliant stoves may still remain for sale elsewhere during 2021, rest assured that all of the stoves featured on The Stove Yard website are Ecodesign ready.