European legislation and cogeneration

COGEN Europe has issued a new briefing paper on "European Policy and Legislation affecting Cogeneration", which summarises the most important pieces of legislation relevant to the development of cogeneration in Europe. This document shows that the current European legislation architecture is broadly supportive of the development of high-efficiency and low-carbon technologies in the electricity and heat sectors, leaving national governments much discretion in devising determined policies for the wider use of cogeneration at Member State level. This briefing enables national cogeneration associations to check whether their governments are implementing EU legislation correctly, making full use of opportunities available to promote the wider use of cogeneration as part of a more sustainable energy system. Cogeneration is also referred to as Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and provides around 11% of Europe's electricity and heat requirements. For further information: