What is a SIA Ecodesign ready stove?
Ecodesign is an EU regulation aimed at controlling emissions from a range of appliances that use energy, including stoves, and it will come into force in 2022. The United Kingdom will continue with this regulation after Brexit. In the case of wood burning and multi fuel stoves, Ecodesign provides much tighter limitations on a range of different emission types than the current EN13240 and EN13229 test regime (also set to change with the replacement EN16510) and for the first time stoves will be tested for NOx (nitrogen oxide), OGC (organic gaseous compound) and PM (particulate matter eg soot). There are a lot of good stoves on the market which could become Ecodesign compliant once they eventually undertake the new tests. Manufacturers are also now designing (and testing) stoves to ensure that they will be Ecodesign compliant well before the deadline. Achieving the strict emissions levels means, to some extent, that it may be at the expense of the higher efficiency usually associated with a modern stove and manufacturers will look to strike a balance between good efficiency and lower emissions. Manufacturers, importers and distributors who are members of the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) and whose products have compliant test results – and where the stove also features on the Hetas Approved Appliance list, will be entitled to use the SIA Ecodesign Ready label on the appropriate products. For the potential stove buyer an SIA Ecodesign Ready stove will ensure that their stove is 'future proof', comes from a reputable manufacturer and is proven to be as environmentally friendly as it's possible to be. At the moment there are not too may SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves available, but more are arriving every week.