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56 C H I M N E Y S , F L U E S & F I R E P L A C E S Solid fuel industry welcomes a greener future Annabelle Carvell, of the Stovax Heating Group, explains what the The heating industry is buzzing with talk of the approaching Ecodesign directive, fixed to come into full effect in the UK in 2022. Spanning multiple industries, Ecodesign is the forward-thinking European-wide programme that requires manufacturers to reduce the environmental impact of energy using and energy-related products. From 2022, all appliances within the solid fuel heating industry will need to be manufactured to be friendlier than ever to both the environment and public health, and Ecodesign compliancy limits must be adhered to. For manufacturers, this presents challenging evaluations and improvements to their products’ environmental impact and emissions, as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, organic gaseous compounds and carbon monoxide will all be rigidly measured and stringent limits will be set in order to lower these emissions. Ecodesign regulations will see manufacturers across the heating industry working hard to achieve new standards. The Stove Industry Alliance leads the way The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) is a group of 40 members, ranging from manufacturers to distributors of stoves and flue equipment. Established in 2008, the SIA has been working to promote the benefits and environmental advantages of woodburning stoves and biomass appliances. The SIA’s objectives correlate strongly with government initiatives for a reduction of dependency on fossil fuels, as well as lowering emissions. Working closely with HETAS, the SIA is wholly onboard with Ecodesign and is championing the new standards within the solid fuel industry. A progressive trade body, the SIA wants to achieve more than just Ecodesign stoves by 2022. It has implemented the Ecodesign Ready scheme in order to galvanise manufacturers into providing consumers with products that meet future environmental requirements in advance. From 2020, two years ahead of schedule, the main members in the SIA have committed to only producing products that are fully Ecodesign compliant. In fact, key manufacturers, such as Stovax, have already released ranges of Ecodesign Ready stoves and fires that meet these future environmental standards now and are available to consumers today. This includes fire and stove ranges such as the ultra-green woodburning and multi-fuel Stovax Elise, which exceeds Ecodesign standards. Setting standards with the SIA Ecodesign Ready label Consumers’ interest in their own carbon footprint and their personal effect on the environment is now more prevalent than ever, with more and more people assessing all aspects of their day-to-day life to achieve eco-friendly living. Supported by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the SIA has introduced an Ecodesign Ready label that clearly and visually informs customers that the stove or fire they are choosing already meets the forthcoming Ecodesign emission limits. Offering the SIA’s label ahead of Ecodesign’s implementation is a huge step for the industry; not only will it give eco-conscious customers peace of mind today, but the label will also set the standard for the most environmentally-friendly stoves and fires available tomorrow. Independent research carried out by Kiwa, a Notified Body that carries out testing and certification on appliances, demonstrated that particulate emissions from Ecodesign Ready stoves were reduced by as much as 84% compared to an old stove – a significant indication of how an Ecodesign Ready stove or fire could drastically lower the level of emissions from wood burning. The stoves of tomorrow are here today The SIA’s efforts to inform consumers of new eco-friendly low emission stoves are not going unnoticed by consumers, either. Property developer, Charlotte Thomson, chose an Ecodesign Ready stove for her eco-friendly renovation project that saw a public WC transform into a Cornish holiday retreat. Featured on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, her Ecodesign Ready Nordpeis S-31A stove made the ideal choice for her environmentally conscious conversion. Using reclaimed materials for a minimum carbon footprint, her stove met her requirements to be one of the most “eco-friendly wood burners out there”, highlighting how significant the SIA’s work is. This all goes to prove that it is possible for the long-established heating industry to move with the times and respond to new environmental requirements and social responsibilities and indicates that the SIA’s leading members are paving the way towards a greener future. Ecodesign directive means for the solid fuel industry www.hpmmag.com May 2017 enquiry number 134 The multi-fuel Stovax Elise exceeds Ecodesign standards “From 2022, all appliances within the solid fuel heating industry will need to be manufactured to be friendlier than ever to both the environment and public health, and Ecodesign compliancy limits must be adhered to”


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