The Stove Industry Alliance. (SIA)
The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) was formed in 2008 to promote the benefits of wood-burning stoves and biomass appliances.
The SIA is an association of stove manufacturers and distributors, wood fuel suppliers, flue and glass manufacturers and industry supporters like HETAS and Kiwa.
From the outset, the SIA has sought to inform the public and the government about the carbon saving benefits of wood burning stoves. More recently the SIA has successfully shown DEFRA that modern clean burning stoves can reduce particulate emissions (PM) from wood burning compared to open fires and older wood burning stoves, through the Ecodesign Ready scheme.
Ecodesign Ready stoves have been welcomed by DEFRA, as a significant way to reduce emissions. DEFRA has included the Ecodesign Ready scheme in its plans to improve air quality. In order to secure this endorsement, the SIA has carried out independent tests to support / validate the industry viewpoint. The launch of Ecodesign Ready stoves, in Westminster, was sponsored by Neil Parish, Chairman of the Select Committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The particulate material (PM) emission limits for Ecodesign is 55% lower than for Defra Exempt stoves. This is why the Mayor of London has recommended the installation of Ecodesign Ready stoves, that are also Defra Exempt. Ecodesign ready stoves must currently also be Defra exempt to be used in smoke control areas.
To find out more go to http://www.stoveindustryalliance.com/