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1 October 2008 – 30 June 2011

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Project Co-ordinator:
Fiona Riddoch
COGEN Europe
Tel: +32 2 772 82 90
Fax: +32 2 772 50 44


CODE was an EU wide independent assessment of the progress of the CHP Directive. The project partners and the COGEN Europe members encouraged the rapid and effective implementation of the Directive and independently review the Member States’ progress and the success of implementation. CODE  highlighted and publicised clear best practice where it occured and drew attention to areas of poor performance or practical difficulties in implementation. The project aimed:

  • To support the implementation of the Directive
  • To enhance local/regional capacity for the successful development of cogeneration projects by developing clear case study data on successful cogeneration projects under the new Directive framework on a regional basis
  • To raise awareness and provide information through a high profile European-wide information, know-how transfer among cogeneration associations, suppliers, local and regional energy agencies and other networks
  • Accelerate the market penetration of cogeneration technologies through producing a European Cogeneration Roadmap, based on national potentials studies
  • Showcasing good practice and potential growth in key market sectors

COGEN Europe worked with its consortium partners, operating in a regional structure, and its national member organisations to review and comment the Member States reports from the industry perspective on a regional basis. Four regional groups were established where members organisations co-operated in gathering and analysing the responses of the 27 governments to the Cogeneration Directive. A central database was created with a summary of each Member State’s responses under the reporting action measures required under the Directive, along with the response itself. At the regional level case studies of best practice projects in the geography were collected. Regional groups reported on the successful and struggling initiatives and the legislation and supported schemes around the directive.

The main outputs were:

  • Country-specific info on the directive implementation containing a critical assessment of the progress made by each country towards its stated national potential goals.
  • A set of regional focus groups experienced in the operation and implementation of the Directive in their region and able to assist manufacturers and potential end users in its application.
  • A Handbook of Case Studies representative of the most successful policies and approaches by region.
  • Analysis of barriers and success factors for promoting the development of cogeneration through the Directive
  • Access for interested parties to a central database of information plus a network of local specialists
  • A high efficiency Cogeneration Roadmap for Europe to 2020


COGEN Europe
HACHP – Hellenic Association for the Cogeneration of Heat and Power, Greece
CHPA – Combined Heat and Power Association, United Kingdom
JSI – Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
FAST – Federazione delle Associazioni Scientifiche e Techniche, Italy