The European Cogeneration Review – Germany is the third in a series of country reports that COGEN Europe will issue over the coming 12 months on cogeneration in Europe. The ECR covers the latest developments in the cogeneration sector, looking at market potentials and policy implications.
Increasing the CHP base in European industries can improve these companies' competitiveness, thereby contributing to the industrial renaissance powering Europe's economic recovery. It can also improve the efficiency and reduce the total cost of the whole electricity system, argues a new COGEN Europe Position Paper.
By clearly including energy efficiency in the EU's overall climate and energy policy framework with the publication in July of the Energy Efficiency Communication, the European Commission has taken positive steps to highlight the contribution of energy efficiency in its own right towards achieving the EU's security of supply, competitiveness and environmental objectives. COGEN Europe has responded to the Commission Communication with the publication of a Position Paper.
Cogeneration – also known as combined heat and power (CHP) – penetration in the EU remains flat according to data released recently by Eurostat. The 2012 figures also reveal that renewable fuels continue to gain ground in Europe's CHP fleet.