Latest news from the SIA
If asked the question Are the PM emissions from wood burning increasing or decreasing, you might well have answered increasing. A new study from Kings College London has shown that across the country PM from wood burning is going down, even with increasing stove sales.
The main reason given for drop in emissions is the replacement of open fires and older stoves with more modern appliances that produce lower amounts of particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5). The study headed by Dr. Gary Fuller looked at the wood burning emissions across most of the main cities in the UK between 2009 and 2014. Most cities showed a decrease in emissions over the period
The outcome of the study reflects the fact that only DEFRA Exempt stoves, with emissions that meet strict DEFRA limits on emissions, can be installed in smoke control areas. The reduction may not have been as great as we would all have liked, as the decrease in emissions is partly offset by the continued use of open fires to burn wood. Although burning wood in an open fire in a smoke control area is not permitted under the Clean Air Act, 70% of the wood burnt in London is on an open fire.
New Ecodesign regulations will come into effect in 2022, and the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) has already worked with stove manufacturers to have an accredited list of SIA Ecodesign Ready appliances that already meet these new regulations right now.
Burning wood on an open fire is the worst way to burn wood, both from point of view of heat generated and the emissions produced. An SIA Ecodesign Ready stove can reduce PM emissions by 90% compared to an open fire, 80% compared to a 10-year-old stove and over 40% when compared with a DEFRA Exempt stove.
The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) has proposed an upgrade scheme that would help consumers make the move from an open fire or an older stove to an Ecodesign Ready stove. This could help accelerate the introduction of Ecodesign Ready stoves and the reduction in emissions.
HETAS, the SIA, Woodsure and other industry organisations are continuing to work together to tackle the issues of air quality relating to wood burning.
Stove Industry Alliance
The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) has just released a series of leaflets, covering Ecodesign and its implications for the industry, Ecodesign Ready stoves and the importance of burning dry wood. The leaflets are designed to give stove retailers and installers the information they need to talk to their customers on these important topics.
The SIA is an association of stove manufacturers and distributors, wood fuel suppliers, flue and glass manufacturers and industry supporters like HETAS and Kiwa.
The following SIA downloads are now available:
Find out more…
Search for Ecodesign Ready appliances on the HETAS Appliance Search facility.
For more information about the SIA please visit www.stoveindustryalliance.com.
The range of HETAS advice leaflets are also available at www.hetas.co.uk/consumer/hetas-advice and can be ordered via the HETAS Shop.
Come and see us at Specflue
The next #HETASLive takes place at the end of the month at Specflue and includes a talk from the Stove Industry Alliance about Ecodesign and what it means to you.
#HETASLive at Specflue takes place on Wednesday 31st May between 4pm and 6pm. You can register for the event here.
Specflue is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of flue, chimney and renewable heat solutions; successfully supplying the UK market since 1992 and we are pleased to be hosting our next #HETASLive event at their Sudbury headquarters.
The event will provide installers, chimney sweeps and retailers with a chance to meet the HETAS and Specflue teams, pose your questions about the industry and have your say. You will also have a chance to look around the facilities on offer at Specflue and discuss your training requirements with the training team. Visit the Specflue training website to find out more about their range of HETAS Approved Training Courses and other courses available.
Are you Ecodesign Ready?
In addition Dennis Milligan of the Stove Industry Alliance will be talking about Ecodesign and what it means for you and your business. In advance of this session read up about the launch of the Ecodesign Ready Scheme by clicking here.
The HETAS team look forward to seeing you at Specflue.
Specflue can be found at the following address: Specflue Ltd, 8 Curzon Road, Chilton Industrial Estate, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2XW
Can’t make this event? We hav3e a number of Live events coming up this year with more dates to be added during the year. Keep checking www.hetas.co.uk/live to find an event near to you.
HETAS Enhanced Appliance Search
In the January e-news HETAS introduced the Ecodesign Ready Scheme, a Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) scheme that is being overseen by HETAS, who will independently verify that the stoves meet the fundamental requirements of Ecodesign. Ecodesign Ready appliances can now be found on the HETAS search.
Ecodesign is the European-wide programme to lowering 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, six years early.
Ecodesign Ready Scheme
As with HD ready TVs the Ecodesign Ready label will inform consumers that the stove will meet the new stringent emission limits.
The Ecodesign Ready scheme is supported by DEFRA. The SIA Ecodesign Ready label will set the standard for the most environmentally friendly stoves available today.
The scheme is being overseen by HETAS, who will independently verify that the stoves meet the fundamental requirements of Ecodesign. The stoves will also appear on the HETAS website search with the Ecodesign Ready label.
Independent tests have shown that an Ecodesign Ready stove produces 90% fewer emissions that an open fire and 84% fewer than a stove of ten years ago.
With the scheme due for a parliament launch on the 28th February, you can now search for Ecodesign Ready Appliances using the HETAS search facility. In addition, the search function has been further enhanced with new search options. The ‘Find Product’ search now enables you to search using the following:
- Manufacturer/Appliance Name
- Product Type
- Design Features: style/air control/hearth requirements/fuel operation/
- Efficiency and Output
- Additional Filters: auto ignition/outdoor installation/accumulator required
- Certifications/Verification: HETAS/Defra/MCS/SIA Ecodesign Ready
The search results have also been enhanced with new icons which first featured in the 2016 HETAS Guide now available online, making the information on appliances easier to understand.
Take a look at the range of products using the search at: www.hetas.co.uk/find-appliance
Independent research conducted by Kiwa on behalf of the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) has shown that modern clean burning stoves, designed to meet the new Ecodesign requirements, will reduce particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and by 80-84% compared to an old stove.
This confirms the European wide understanding that Ecodesign stoves will lead to improved air quality. DEFRA is using the introduction of Ecodesign to reduce emissions from wood burning in the UK. The stoves were tested at their nominal operating level and also when turned down to reflect the burning cycle of a stove at start and finish. Open fires and oId stoves have increased emissions when turned down whereas the emissions from Ecodesign stoves reduce when turned down. The 84% reduction is during the turn down period, when traditionally the possibility of emissions is at its highest.
Kiwa tested an open fire, a stove from 10 years ago and a stove designed to meet the stringent emission levels in Ecodesign. The tests covered the emission of particles, other carbon gases (OCG) and NOx, which all showed significant reductions.
The SIA’s main manufacturers will ensure that all newly-designed wood burning stove models will meet Ecodesign environmental standards for particulate emissions, from now on. Ecodesign is the European Union’s programme for lowering emissions across Europe. On 14th October the member countries agreed on the emission limits for biomass appliances including wood burning stoves. This part of Ecodesign is known as Lot 20. The legalisation is due to be implemented in 2022 and covers a broad range of emissions including CO2, NOx and CO.
Test results can be viewed on the SIA website at http://www.stoveindustryalliance.com/testresults.