Action 4.3: Economic incentives coupled with information for all appliances
Economic incentives alone may accelerate replacement of old wood burning appliances – but replacement rates could be further enhanced by combining incentives and replacement programmes with targeted information to the general public regarding benefits of the new burning technologies – health-related, environmental and economic.
New equipment is not only less emissive – it is also most often more efficient at proper operation and maintenance. Active spreading of information among the stove users about cost-efficiency of replacement old stoves and fireplaces with new, cleaner technologies, could encourage more people to use the economic incentives provided within on-going replacement programmes. For example, the Norwegian public fund Enova does this seemingly successfully: they prepare fact sheets with a clear overview of the size of the subsidy, how to obtain the subsidy, how the technology works and what you may gain economically in energy savings (example).