A coordinated strategy for the development of combined heat and power capacity (CHP) in the UK has been called for by an independent pan-European body.
The Cogeneration Observatory and Dissemination Europe (CODE), has published a roadmap based on a series of policy recommendations made in July.
According to CODE, CHP capacity in the UK is expected to increase from 7.7 GWe in 2015 to 12.2 GWe in 2030.
Some 17% of this is estimated to be fuelled by renewable sources like solid or liquid biomass or biogas.
CODE said that in order to remove the barriers to the development of the sector, the UK Government should draft a coordinated policy approach.
“CHP is a technique, which often falls between the cracks, between heat and power, between demand side measures and generation, and between different elements of energy and climate policy,” it said.
“The Government needs to take a whole system approach to energy use, which takes into account generation and network costs, system balancing costs, environmental costs and security of supply.”
CODE said it welcomed the announcement from the Department of and Climate Change in 2013 to develop a bespoke CHP policy, but said this should be supported by sufficient funding.
The body also recommended targets for high efficiency in CHP, provide incentives for the development of heat networks and launch awareness campaigns.
CODE was set up to monitor the implementation of the EU Cogeneration Directive, which came into force in 2004. It provides a policy framework for member states to grant support for CHP developments without needing clearance for state aid approval. It also requires member states to monitor and report on CHP expansion.