Currys axes patio heatersEU also looking to ban these heaters

31 January 2008

A patio heater

Electrical chain Currys has announced it’s to stop selling patio heaters.

The company says the move has been prompted by increasing concerns over the environmental impact of the heaters.

Currys has already stopped selling the heaters online and will now phase them out at its 550 UK stores.

Carbon dioxide

Currys Head of Brand Amanda Clift said: ‘Currys is committed to making progress on the green agenda and we are concerned with how widely available these products are.

‘These products make it all too easy to turn to a gas canister to keep warm and we hope that other retailers will follow suit.’

Recent reports estimate that using a patio heater for two hours produces the same amount of carbon dioxide as a car produces in an average day.

Euro-MPs are today expected to back a resolution calling on the European Commission to set a timetable for abolishing goods with low energy-efficiency ratings, including patio heaters.

'Carbon-belching monstrosities'

Environmental charity Friends of the Earth (FoE) is backing the move.

FoE Director Tony Juniper said ‘In the face of the threat posed by climate change it is madness that we should be wasting energy and pumping out carbon dioxide by heating the open air.

‘If the UK government is committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions it must be prepared to back EU proposals to improve energy efficiency, which include banning these carbon-belching monstrosities.’