Decree and order concerning solid heating fuels for 2022-2023


Energy from wood offers numerous economic and environmental advantages, and is attracting growing interest. We are aware of its importance in meeting future energy challenges. This renewable energy source is carbon-neutral, since burning wood only releases the CO2 previously absorbed by the growing trees. What's more, it is based on European forest resources, making it a potentially inexhaustible source. As such, its future looks promising.

However, it's important to note that burning wood in inappropriate conditions can result in significant emissions of fine particles and air pollution. Several factors influence the level of particulate emissions, including the performance and age of heating systems, the size of the equipment, usage practices, and above all, the quality of the fuel.

Against this backdrop, the French Climate and Resilience Act introduced Article L.222-6-2 of the Environment Code, which came into effect as follows:

=> Effective September 1, 2022

A decree detailing the general information on appropriate storage and use conditions that distributors must provide when placing products on the market for non-professional users.

=> Applicable from September 1, 2023

An order establishing the technical criteria to be met by certain categories of solid heating fuels placed on the market.

The main objective is to encourage users to favor the combustion of dry, high quality, appropriately sized wood, in order to improve energy efficiency and significantly reduce the impact on air quality.

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Relevant advice for our customers

Recommended choice of wood:

• Choose hardwoods such as oak, beech, hornbeam... (Soft woods such as birch or poplar are more suitable for lighting). 
• Avoid treated, painted or soiled wood.

The advantages of dry wood:

• It produces more heat, providing greater comfort. 
• Less wood is needed for heating, saving you money.
• Ignition is easier and smoke-free.
• Your heating appliance and chimney flue clog up less quickly. 
• Better combustion reduces the release of polluting particles into the atmosphere.

Optimize even further:

• Choose local wood from closer to home. 
• This simplifies and reinforces the traceability of wood, guaranteeing a controlled origin.