Cogeneration has to be a foundation element in any scenario leading to a decarbonized energy sector for Europe, according to COGEN Europe, in its published contribution to the European Union’s 2050 Energy Roadmap.
As a low-carbon, high efficiency solution for electricity and heat supply, and with tens of thousands of installations across Europe, cogeneration is already saving Europe at least 35 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) a year, while providing 11% of its electricity and heat, says the association.
COGEN Europe has made the first industry projection focusing attention on the role of cogeneration out to 2050.
With a suitable policy framework, cogeneration is projected to take a foundation role through to 2030 and provide ongoing efficiency and sustainability advantages as the energy mix changes to less carbon intensive sources through to 2050.
Key elements in the ‘Cogeneration as the foundation of Europe’s 2050 low carbon energy policy’ are, says the Association:
- Cogeneration will be saving a minimum of 70 Mtoe of primary energy per year by 2030 (and 80 Mtoe by 2050)
- Cogeneration will be contributing 170 million tonnes of carbon dioxide savings every year to Europe by 2030
- Efficient cogeneration will increase the sustainability of biofuels, with 29% of cogeneration on biomass in 2030 and 44% by 2050.
- Over the period 2010–2030, cogeneration is central to forcing down emissions from the fossil sector by saving primary energy – cogeneration can contribute a total of at least 900 Mtoe primary energy savings by 2030.
COGEN Europe believes that the first move in delivering increased volumes of new cogen development should come in the form of an ambitious review of the Cogeneration Directive.
This would help unlock the tremendous potential for new schemes identified by the EU Member States.
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