First on this list comes the creation of a government or regulatory agency to focus on CHP – a ‘champion’ for the technology; then design a strategic framework of support measures; identify the potential for CHP and the likely barriers to its growth; lastly, design and implement targeted policies to get some capacity built.

Jorgen Henningsen, one of Europe’s architects of the Kyoto Protocol, has questioned the high level of faith placed in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme by the current European Union administration in its battle to tackle climate change.