22 May, 2002 – Proposals have been issued to by the European Union minister for energy and transport aimed at encouraging combined heat and power production within member states.

Commissioner Loyala de Palacio’s proposals are part of efforts to help the EU meet its targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto pact.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is the simultaneous generation of heat and power, usually electricity, in a single process. CHP is a highly fuel-efficient technology and is also known as cogeneration.

A spokesman for the minister, Giles Gantelot, said the proposal aimed at creating a framework to promote cogeneration plants where heat demand exists or is foreseen. The main elements include steps to get EU states to analyse the potential for cogeneration and the barriers to such plants. It also includes principles for how national grids and cogeneration producers would work.

“Cogeneration is a highly efficient technique to provide electricity and heat for the European energy market,” Gantelet said.

“Promotion of cogeneration is a part of the strategy for efficient use of energy and supplementary to the strategy of increase use of renewables” Gantelet added.

Last week, the UK government published a set of proposals to help make CHP generation more viable and said it aimed to have 10 000 MWe of Good Quality CHP capacity in the UK by 2010.