The Commission recognises the contribution by CHP to energy efficiency
Europe’s CHP sector and its associated industries have positively valued the response of the Commission, both due to the information included as well as due to its policy action directives.
MEPs have highlighted the key role of CHP in achieving the target of saving 20% energy by 2020, as established under the Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, and showed interest in its evolution in the EU, also mentioning the situation in Spain where 350 of the existing 1,000 installations are currently stopped
The response has been to bring to light the importance of primary energy savings and CHP, as well as the monitoring being undertaken by the European Commission which has identified a decline of 1% per year in CHP in the EU for the period 2005-2013. The Commission urges that this backwards trend must be reversed given the contribution by cogeneration to industrial efficiency and productivity.
Similarly, the Commission confirms that it is analysing the studies on High Efficiency CHP Potential required by regulation and that have been submitted to the Member States.
Acogen, together with COGEN EUROPE, indicated their satisfaction and interest in intensifying contacts with the Commission and in transferring updated information regards the advances made and potential among different Member States to reverse the situation and thereby stimulate CHP and with it, energy efficiency and industrial productivity in accordance with EU objectives.
The European Parliament calls for an improved regulatory framework for cogeneration companies
The plenary session of the European Parliament has adopted a resolution regarding the “EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling” in which, in addition to backing-up the strategy already published by the Commission, requires Member States to adopt specific measures.
Heating and cooling is the largest energy sector in the EU, representing 50% of Europe’s energy consumption, while electricity accounts for 22% and transport 28%. It is hoped that this situation will be maintained in future.
Cogeneration companies, via their sector association Acogen, are satisfied with the European Parliament decision, particularly as regards CHP, requesting that “specific sustainable strategies are developed at national scale as regards heating and cooling, with special attention to CHP and also to district heating and cooling systems, preferably renewable, in line with the Energy Efficiency Directive”.
MEPs are calling for the European Commission to immediately reinforce its policies to support CHP and establish “a common European framework that promotes and gives legal certainty to self-generation”. The report stresses the need “to be able to rely on a favourable framework for the residents and tenants of residential buildings, with the aim of allowing them to benefit from self-generation and the consumption of renewable heating and cooling, as well as energy efficiency measures, thereby overcoming the challenges posed by sharing gains and property laws that are at times restrictive”.
The European Parliament has, as a result, clearly positioned itself in favour of improving the policies that support energy efficiency and CHP, as well as renewable technologies. However, this position has to be reflected in the proposals that are expected to be published shortly by the European Commission, in particular the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive and the energy market design, a key factor in successfully completing the transition towards a new energy system.