Ecodesign, a comprehensive European initiative, aims to reduce emissions from various energy-consuming appliances, including stoves. Distinguishing itself from the existing EN13240 European standard, Ecodesign introduces stringent limits on diverse emissions. Notably, it mandates the first-time testing of NOx (nitrogen oxides), OGCs (organic gaseous compounds), and PM (particulate matter/dust emissions). This groundbreaking regulation sets the stage for a significant shift in the environmental impact of stoves.
Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1188 is set to take effect across the European Union on January 1, 2022, impacting both wood-burning and solid fuel stoves. While much attention has been directed towards wood-burning stoves, it’s crucial to note that the regulations extend to all solid fuel stoves, including central heating stoves.
Ecodesign introduces key criteria designed to enhance stove efficiency and reduce emissions:
- Minimum efficiency rating of 75% for stoves.
- Substantial reduction of CO (Carbon monoxide) emissions by 88%.
- Implementation of new limits for NOx emissions.
- Introduction of requirements for particulate matter and organic gaseous compounds.
Ecodesign’s focus on emission reductions and new requirements is poised to significantly improve air quality and contribute to environmental preservation. Beginning in 2022, consumers will exclusively have access to Ecodesign-compliant stoves, marking a pivotal step toward cleaner and more sustainable heating solutions.
Under Ecodesign, stoves must declare the type of fuel for which they are optimized. Whether designated for coal or wood burning, a multi-fuel stove will undergo distinct testing for each fuel type. Waterford Stanley, for instance, commits to declaring and testing its stoves with both anthracite (smokeless fuel) and wood whenever applicable.
Waterford Stanley’s Ecodesign Certification:
Over the past three years, Waterford Stanley has dedicated efforts to ensure that its current range of cast iron stoves and contemporary SOLIS stoves in solid fuel and wood align with Ecodesign standards. Notably, all room heating stoves and several central heating stoves from Waterford Stanley have received Ecodesign approval. These stoves are sanctioned for use with smokeless coal, wood, or both, where applicable.
Pellet Stoves and Ecodesign Compliance:
Pellet stoves, boasting 96% efficiency and predominantly carbon-neutral attributes, effortlessly meet Ecodesign requirements. Positioned as an eco-friendly choice, pellet stoves align seamlessly with the goals and regulations set forth by Ecodesign, further emphasizing the industry’s commitment to sustainability.