New figures released by the UK government show that combine heat and power (CHP) capacity has grown by almost 3% to 6.1 GW, meeting 6.4% of the UK’s total electricity needs.

CHP efficiency benefits led to over 15 million tonnes of CO2 savings, an increase of 2 million tonnes over the previous year.

The proportion of renewable CHP increased almost 20% in 12 months, now accounting for over 8% of total fuel used in the CHP sector.

Dr Tim Rotheray, head of policy at the CHPA said: “It is astonishing that in the UK, power stations waste more energy from their cooling towers than the total demand for gas for heating in the UK.

The continued growth in CHP despite a challenging economy and increased policy uncertainty shows cutting energy waste continues to make real sense for Government and for businesses. Each new CHP site represents less energy waste, better UK competitiveness and reduced demand for imported fuels.

With a Government commitment to a new gas CHP policy, the CHP sector is posed for even more substantial growth, making the UK energy system less wasteful and more cost effective.”

For more CHP news