29 Sep 22

Out of the woods – How can ecodesign reduce the negative impacts of solid fuel heating?

Home heating appliances are high on the EU policy agenda. With energy prices soaring, and as leaders look for energy sources alternative to Russia, many look for ways to switch off their gas boilers… but stay warm this winter. In this scenario, demand for biomass heating appliances is on the rise. Biomass heating systems to burn wood pellets, chips or logs are seeing a spike in their popularity.

While being a quick fix for many, biomass-based home heating has many problems of its own. For example, indoor air pollution and the limited availability of biomass, which is a precious resource that must be used for the most valuable applications only.

The good news is that not just any biomass-based heating appliance can be placed on the EU market. To be allowed in stores, appliances need to comply with product-specific ecodesign and energy labelling regulations. This way, the EU ensures that only the most efficient and least polluting appliances are available.

The problem is that today the bar is not set high enough – but now we have an opportunity to change that! The EU is currently reviewing these regulations for biomass heating. This is an unmissable opportunity to ensure that every single biomass heating appliance sold on the EU market complies with demanding indoor air quality standards, and strict ecodesign requirements for energy efficiency.

How to target the impact of biomass heating and indoor air quality with a focus on what policy measures can play a key role? Join this webinar, by ECOS and the Coolproducts campaign, for a debate with European Commission officials, national experts, and environmental civil society organisations.

8 November, 2-3 PM CET (Online)


  • Introductory remarks by Marco Grippa, Programme Manager, Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS)

Panel discussion: How can ecodesign reduce the negative impacts of solid fuel heating?

  • Bernardo Martinez, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
  • Margherita Tolotto, Senior Policy Officer, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
  • Anna Dworakowska, Director, Polish Smog Alert

Q&A with the audience