The term ‘Ecodesign’ has been around for quite a while now, but what it will involve, how it will work and when it will come into effect has been something of an enigma.
Ecodesign is a new set of requirements that effect a wide range of energy-related products, from air conditioners and computers to fridges, freezers and dishwashers. Among these regulations, wood burning stove will have to meet as a result of new legislation from the European Union. Similar to the already existent DEFRA requirements for stoves used in Smoke Controlled Areas, Ecodesign stoves will help to improve air quality and efficiency in wood burning stoves. Any stove sold after it comes into effect in 2022 will have to be meet Ecodesign requirements. However, many manufacturers have already begun to adapt their stoves to comply.
Even with Brexit the legislation will go ahead due to the role the UK played in bringing Ecodesign about. Also, any UK stove manufacturer wanting to sell their stove in the EU after this date will need to have an approved stove. So, we know it is going to happen and when, now we just need to know how it is going to happen.
It is worth mentioning at this point that any stove bought or installed before Ecodesign comes into effect will be fine to use; you will not be able to buy a non-Ecodesign stove anywhere after this date though. An example of a similar and effective phase-out is the incandescent lightbulb, which began in 2009. By 2020, the new non-incandescent EU will enjoy an expected 16 million tons less carbon dioxide. A similar thing will take place with wood burning stoves, with the end result being only clean burning stoves.
The idea of Ecodesign is to pick up where DEFRA left off – cleaner combustion and stricter regulations. Stoves will need to be more efficient, burning off excess, unwanted gases before they can reach the atmosphere.
As a result, the design of many future stoves will have to change, such as adapting the air controls and baffling, which may result in price increases on products. However, this will ensure a strict and high quality standard that will eliminate the cheaper, lower quality (and as a result often dangerous) stoves that are available from countries such as China.
Some stove manufacturers are already prepared for Ecodesign, take the Arada Farringdon for example.
If you have any questions about Ecodesign, or DEFRA, please get in touch in the comments below!