An industry-led independent assessment of the progress of the CHP Directive across the European Union concludes that Member State implementation of the Cogeneration Directive into law and the completion of reporting requirements have been slow.
This is despite concluding that an additional 122 MWe of capacity potential for cogeneration in Europe, mainly in Member States whose existing penetration of cogeneration is under 20%, is available.
The Directive has also stimulated activity to improve the policy structure around cogeneration while the structure of the Cogeneration Observatory and Dissemination in Europe (CODE) has led to an increase in information exchange and cooperation between cogeneration stakeholders, the report also notes.
In addition, a tool for the assessment of support measures and barriers in order to conduct an analysis of the financial viability of cogeneration projects in 27 EU Members has been developed. This model successfully shows the ability of mechanisms to stimulate particular sectors of the cogeneration market in one State. It also provides a basis on which to compare support mechanisms across countries.
Member States did not abide by the reporting deadlines in the legislation while reporting structure and analysis performed by Members States varies considerably, making aggregation at the European level difficult and less precise than the individual reports. There is also still an absence of good basic data on cogeneration and heat at all levels in many Member States.