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A stove is located in the room that is to be heated and reflects radiation of heat to a room. It may also distribute heat as a supplementary function via a water or ventilation system. It is fired on solid biofuel, that is wood, wood pellets or, in some cases, an alternative biofuel. Stoves include heaters such as wood stoves, slow heat release appliances such as tiled stoves and stone-clad stoves, inset stoves and sauna stoves.

The fuel can be fed by hand or mechanically. Wood is generally fed by hand while pellets are fed mechanically. A stove contains the fire. Air is supplied through special ducts and the air flow can often be regulated.

As a rule, a stove does not provide the majority of a building’s heating requirement; rather it usually supplements another heat source. In energy efficient houses, however, a stove may cover all heating needs.

The flue gas emissions produced by the stove are tested. If the stove is fired on pellets, noise is also tested. The supplier must provide clear user information as to how to operate and maintain the stove for optimum performance.

A Nordic Ecolabelled stove offers high efficiency and has low emissions of particles, carbon monoxide (CO), organic gaseous carbon (OGC). The manufacturer must also ensure that the instruction manual contains comprehensive information and recommends that the stove is installed by a qualified fitter.

The requirements in the Nordic Ecolabel criteria on flue gas emissions are more stringent than the Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish national regulations. Norwegian and Danish law regulations only require particle tests and Swedish regulations only hydrocarbon tests. There are no law emission requirements in Finland.

  • Fees valid from January 1st, 2019 until further notice

    Application fee:

    Application fee including one on-site inspection *) 30 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of two fire chamber types is included in the application fee. For inspection of aditional types, 15 000 SEK excl. VAT per type will be charged.
    Renewal fee *) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of two fire chamber types is included in the fee. For inspection of aditional types, 7 500 SEK excl. VAT per type will be charged.

    Annual licence fee:

    Annual Nordic licence fee**) 0,3 % of the licence's annual turnover in the Nordic countries excl. VAT
    Minimum fee for the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Maximum fee for the Nordic countries 100 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Annual licence fee outside the Nordic countries (for licence holders with a turnover of more than 300 000 EUR of Nordic Swan ecolabelled products, sold outside the Nordic countries) 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT

     If the Nordic Swan ecolabelled products are only sold outside the Nordic countries, a minimum fee is always charged.

    Fee for extensions/alterations of licence:

    Extension/alteration of existing licence Should the extension regard inspection of fire chamber types, which are not already included in the licence, 15 000 SEK excl. VAT will be charged per type.

    Other types of alterations will be charged according to how long it takes to deal with the matter:
    - Less than 4 hours: 3 750 SEK excl. VAT
    - Between 4 and 8 hours: 7 500 SEK excl. VAT
    - More than 8 hours: 15 000 SEK excl. VAT

    Fees for on-site inspections:

    Extra fee for additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 5 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe***) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspections outside Europe***) 25 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit

    Euro rate: The exchange rate of the first day of the year is used to convert amounts in Euro to national currency:

    *) Micro enterprises are charged half the fee. A micro enterprise, according to our definition, is a company with a maximum of 10 employees and with a total turnover of €2 000 000 (including both ecolabelled and non-ecolabelled products).

    **) Corporations pay only one licence fee

    ***) There is an extra fee of 1 000 EUR per day if the inspection takes more than one day

    Fees valid from January 1st, 2018 until December 31st, 2018

    Application fee:

    Application fee including one on-site inspection *) 28 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of two fire chamber types is included in the application fee. For inspection of aditional types, 14 000 SEK excl. VAT per type will be charged.
    Renewal fee *) 14 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of two fire chamber types is included in the fee. For inspection of aditional types, 7 000 SEK excl. VAT per type will be charged.

    Annual licence fee:

    Annual Nordic licence fee**) 0,3 % of the licence's annual turnover in the Nordic countries excl. VAT
    Minimum fee for the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Maximum fee for the Nordic countries 100 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Annual licence fee outside the Nordic countries (for licence holders with a turnover of more than 300 000 EUR of Nordic Swan ecolabelled products, sold outside the Nordic countries) 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT

     If the Nordic Swan ecolabelled products are only sold outside the Nordic countries, a minimum fee is always charged.

    Fee for extensions/alterations of licence:

    Extension/alteration of existing licence Should the extension regard inspection of fire chamber types, which are not already included in the licence, 14 000 SEK excl. VAT will be charged per type.

    Other types of alterations will be charged according to how long it takes to deal with the matter:
    - Less than 4 hours: 3 500 SEK excl. VAT
    - Between 4 and 8 hours: 7 000 SEK excl. VAT
    - More than 8 hours: 14 000 SEK excl. VAT

    Fees for on-site inspections:

    Extra fee for additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 5 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe 14 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspections outside Europe 24 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit

    Euro rate: The exchange rate of the first day of the year is used to convert amounts in Euro to national currency:

    *) Micro enterprises are charged half the fee. A micro enterprise, according to our definition, is a company with a maximum of 10 employees and with a total turnover of €2 000 000 (including both ecolabelled and non-ecolabelled products).

    **) Corporations pay only one licence fee

  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for stoves

    4.2 ⇛ 4.3: Prolongation of criteria's validity

    The validity of the criteria has been extended with 20 months. The new version, 4.3, is valid until 10 June 2022

    4.1 ⇛ 4.2: Prolongation of criteria's validity

    The validity of the criteria for Nordic Swan Ecolabelled stoves has been extended. Furthermore requirement O29 Take-back system has been removed.

    The new version, 4.2, is valid until October 31st 2020.

    4.0 ⇛ 4.1: Alteration of criteria

    • Requirements O18 and O19 have been adjusted regarding information on chimney height and the lighting method.
    • The requirement to emissions of particles in O14 Emissions to air was adjusted.
    • An exemption for the use of surface paint in spray cans regarding the VOC content in O6 was added.
    • Requirement R31 Marketing was removed.

    The new version, 4.1, is valid until June 30th 2019.

    3.2 ⇛ 4.0: New version of the criteria

    A new version, 4.0, of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for stoves was published on June 11th. The new version contains significantly tightened requirements of emissions to air and effeciency. The requirements concerning the use of chemicals with hazard classifications in final production have also been tightened. Also, a new requirement has been added that Products used for surface paint/ -varnish must contain a maximum  (VOC 60%).

  • We are so happy you decided to send in an application for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel!


    The application process starts by you downloading the application form and filling it in. You then send it to Ecolabelling Sweden.

    We will register your application and send you a confirmation. You will also be assigned an advisor who will help you through the application process.

    During this process, you will send in documentation that proves that your product can successfully meet each of Nordic Ecolabelling’s requirements for your specific product group.

    The application consists of these parts:

    • Completed application form
    • Documentation Overview
    • Documentation showing fulfilment of all requirements according to the criteria document


    Once your product has been approved – not before, you have the right to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all your marketing as long as your licence is valid.

    We wish you luck with your application and, most importantly, your work towards a more sustainable world!

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