Friday, September 27, 2013

FIRA Comments on Current Status Of Wood Waste Appliances

The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) met DEFRA and negotiated a two year postponement of changes to emissions limits for existing plant subject to the production of an industry report on the current status of wood waste appliances within the furniture sector.

The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA), with input from the British Furniture Manufacturers Association (BFM) and burner manufacturers, has now produced a report and is seeking industry comment prior to its submission to DEFRA.

In terms of particulate emissions, the most recent version of PG 1/12 states that new plant must not exceed 60 mg/m3. However, the report makes it clear that if this limit were applied to existing plant (current limits are 200 mg/m3) then most appliances would be incapable of complying, without significant investment in new filtration systems.

It is inevitable that Government will seek to reduce particulate, CO2 and oxides of nitrogen emissions as it has internationally agreed commitments in relation to certain pollutants. However, it is important that these changes are proportionate and don't have a massive negative impact on the competitiveness of UK manufacturers.

The report aims to provide an objective summary of the current status of, and issues relating to, wood waste boilers in the furniture sector, and any comments received should seek to address any inaccuracies. Additional comments, along with evidence, on the impact of the tightening of limits on the competitiveness of your business, will also be useful as they will help to inform any future discussions with DEFRA.


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