1. EcoDesign 2022 legislation
Our government has strict requirements for the emission of harmful substances. These requirements are laid down in the Ecodesign 2022 legislation:
- Efficiency of +75%
- Fine dust emissions of -40 mg/m3
With the approved appliance and installation by a qualified installer, it is possible to comply with this legislation. But you as a user can also influence the efficiency and level of emissions by adjusting how you control your heating.
Next to EcoDesign, thu UK has several other approvals for woodburning fires and stoves:
In UK the ClearSkies scheme has been set up to independently certify that accredited stoves meet or exceed minimum EcoDesign Regulations. Under this scheme there is a simple scoring system from 2 to 5 to help consumers identify the stoves with the best energy efficiency and lowest emissions.
Exemption Some parts of UK are designated by the local council as smoke control areas. In these parts of the country it is not allowed to emit smoke from a chimney unless the fuel or appliance is DEFRA approved.
HETAS , a non-profit organisation run their own independent special approval scheme. Their mission is to mobilise change in the industry toward lower emissions, higher efficiency and better understanding of wood burning, and having their approval is an extra mark of distinction.
2. The future of woodburning stoves
Woodburning stoves will continue to exist with no prospect of a ban. You can continue to burn wood, but you must comply with all regulations. Fortunately, this can be done quite easily!
80% of wood burning pollution is caused by stoves more than 15 years old. Modern woodburning stoves cannot be compared with older, more polluting models. Modern stoves extract all the heat from the wood because...
- there is more control over the air supply.
- can optimise the combustion process
- achieve greater efficiency (up to 90%).
But what is a 'good' wood stove?
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