A reminder that from 1st January 2022, any solid fuel local space heater placed on the market will be required to meet the seasonal efficiency and emission performance standards set by “the Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019”.
The Ecodesign regulations intend to improve energy efficiency and reduce air pollution from solid fuel local space heating appliances.
The regulations set minimum levels of efficiency as well as maximum permitted levels of emissions of pollutants in the flue gases, namely Particulate matter (PM), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Organic Gaseous Compounds (OGC) and Nitrous Oxides (NOx).
The new regulation sets requirements for these 5 areas of efficiency and emission, with a breakdown of the minimum limits and conversion factors in the table below;
Existing stock after the Ecodesign implementation date
As it stands currently, there are no requirements prohibiting the installation and commissioning (or putting into service) of solid fuel burning appliances after the 1st of January 2022, if the appliance has been proven to have been placed on the market before the implementation date.
HETAS installers are advised to ensure that if an appliance is purchased from retailer stock after 1st Jan 2022 and there are concerns about the date on which the appliance was placed on the market, they should seek reassurance that the appliance was in the supply chain prior to 1st January.
It is important to note that with the current withdrawal agreements being proposed since the UK’s intention to leave the European Union, these caveats may be subject to change. HETAS continue to liaise with government departments BEIS and the Office of Safety & Products Standards and will provide continual updates to its registrants as appropriate.
HETAS fully supports the introduction of Ecodesign Compliant Stoves and has been working with manufacturers over the last few years to support those companies who have achieved Ecodesign compliance ahead of the 2022 deadline. We see this as a positive step in countering the negative press that has surrounded the solid fuel industry in the last few years.
Energy Labelling Post Brexit
Alongside the impending Ecodesign regulations, subtle changes to the way in which manufacturers provide energy labels for products will also change as a result of the UK leaving the European Union.
The main amendment will require manufacturers to use the newly formatted energy label from the 1st of January 2021, which is similar in design but includes reference to the new UK statutory instrument legislation and reference to the UK flag rather than the previously recognised EU one.
It is important to note methods for calculating Energy Label rating will remain the same, in-line with current EU regulation calculations (and those transferred to the SI), and the changes to the label formatting will affect all applicable labels, include solid fuel local space heaters, solid fuel heating boilers, and solid fuel package boilers.