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This year’s COGEN Europe Recognition Awards ceremony was held in Milan, Italy, as an official event of POWER-GEN Europe and of the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2016).

The Awards ceremony allowed Members and other registered participants to be exposed to the best cogeneration projects across Europe in various categories, and to be informed on the latest policy developments as regards energy efficiency, energy regulation and the circular economy.

Each year, COGEN Europe recognises those who have contributed most to cogeneration through outstanding performance and achievement. The Recognition Awards are an opportunity for the sector to acknowledge the individuals and organisations whose achievements in developing, applying and promoting cogeneration go beyond the norm and lead the sector forward.
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Six Awards were presented this year. Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the FCH JU (Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking), presented the Award for Policy Development to Wolfgang Axthammer, Managing Director of NOW GmbH (Germany’s National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology).

Alberto Biancardi, member of the Board of Italy’s Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas and Water, presented the Award for Market development to Andreas Halberschmidt, Project leader at Stadtwerke Kiel AG, and to Johannes Nowak, Head of Energy Management and Efficiency at MVV Umwelt GmbH, who were equally placed

Claudia Canevari, Deputy Head of Unit Energy Efficiency, DG Energy, European Commission presented the Award for individuals having most contributed to Market Development to Vladimir Bajan, Mayor of the Petržalka district of Bratislava while Stefano Vaccari, Head of the Democratic Party group within the Committee on Environment at the Senate of the Italian Republic, presented the Award for Technology and Innovation to Paolo Bertuzzi, CEO of Turboden SpA.

Finally, Phil Piddington, COO at Viridor and Chairman of COGEN Europe, presented a special Award for Lifetime Achievement to Fiona Riddoch, former Managing Director of COGEN Europe.

The Awards ceremony was also an opportunity to hear from leading policymakers who gave fresh insights on the latest developments of relevant issues that have an impact on the CHP sector.

Stefano Vaccari highlighted the need to reduce rapidly the share of waste destined to landfill and to find solutions to support the market of secondary raw materials, while ensuring that the remaining waste is used to produce energy through highly efficient cogeneration units.

 As a senior expert with a long career in energy regulation, Alberto Biancardi presented the outlook for energy regulation in a changing world, highlighting that regulation needs to adapt to the ongoing technological development. The regulatory framework that underpinned the three energy liberalisation packages is under strong pressure and any new framework has to allow all players, including consumers, to take well informed decisions. This is why any regulatory adaptation has to take duly into account efficiency as much as fairness, so transparency will be key.