Ricardo-AEA wins contract to manage UK CHP Quality Assurance programme

The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has given Ricardo-AEA the contract to manage its Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance (CHPQA) programme for three years, with optional extension of a further two years - and total potential value in excess of £5 million.

The former AEA Europe developed and implemented the programme and has managed it under previous contracts with UK Government departments.

The CHPQA programme validates and certifies some 1000 CHP schemes annually, including the execution of on-site audits. It covers all types of CHP applications and technologies including energy from waste plants, and both conventional and renewable fuels. The programme covers CHP schemes within the UK as well as those located in other European countries that export part of their electricity to the UK.

Its methodology enables public support measures to be targeted only at good quality CHP that provides significant energy and environmental benefits.

A key part of this contract is the provision of confidential policy support to DECC and other Government departments on UK and EU policies and how these relate to CHP including, where appropriate, associated district heating.

This will encompass a wide range of policies including the Carbon Reduction Commitment energy efficiency scheme, the EU Emissions Trading System, the Renewable Heat Incentive, Renewables Obligation and Carbon Price Support.

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