EcoDesign is a piece of Europe wide legislation aimed at reducing ‘Particulate Matter’ emissions. Particulate Matter Emissions. “Particulate matter” (PM) is the general term used to describe solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air.
The EcoDesign legislation is due to come into force for stoves in the UK in 2022. SIA EcoDesign Ready stoves will meet the Ecodesign requirements and are available now.
The PM emissions limit for EcoDesign is 55% lower than for DEFRA exempt stoves.
EcoDesign stoves are designed to burn wood more efficiently and completely to ensure that they perform better both for the customer and for the environment.
You do not need to replace your existing stoves; however none compliant stoves will no longer be manufactured – they can still be sold until existing stocks run out. This means there is no immediate action required – just a change in what’s available and if and when you are ready to replace your stove.
When buying a stove that incorporates the green leaf ‘EcoDesign Compliant’ logo, you are guaranteed a better-quality product that uses smart technologies to help keep running costs to a minimum as well as helping the environment.
According to the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA), independent research conducted by Kiwa Gastec on behalf of the SIA has shown that EcoDesign ready stoves can reduce particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80% compared to an old stove. 
The stoves have been independently tested by an approved test laboratory and met the emissions and minimum efficiency criteria for EcoDesign. The test results have also been verified by HETAS and listed on the HETAS web site.
The tests covered the emission of particles, other carbon gases (OCG) and NOx from an open fire, a stove from 10 years ago and a stove designed to meet the stringent emission levels in Ecodesign.
Look out for the ‘EcoDesign Compliant’ logo on the stove listing, and read the specific product description to ensure you are purchasing an EcoDesign compliant stove.