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Cogeneration Observatory and Dissemination Europe (CODE)

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CODE is an industry-led independent assessment of the progress of the CHP Directive across the EU. The project partners and the COGEN Europe members will encourage the rapid and effective implementation of the Directive and independently review the Member States’ progress and the success of implementation. CODE will highlight and publicise clear best practise where it occurs and draw attention to areas of poor performance or practical difficulties in implementation. The project aims:
  • 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


  • The potential for cogeneration has been identified by the 27EU Members.The Member State implementation of the Cogeneration Directive into law and the completion of reporting requirements have been slow.The potential study reporting has however identified an additional 122MWe capacity potential for cogeneration in Europe mainly in Member States whose existing penetration of cogeneration is under 20%.The Directive has also stimulated activity to improve the policy structure around cogeneration.
  • A Regional Network has been developed.The structure of CODE (i.e. 4 geographical zones with to a certain extent relatively similar situations for cogeneration, headed by one partner)has lead to an increase in information exchange and cooperation between cogeneration stakeholders.The responsible Regional Partner is becoming more and more the reference point for questions and information on cogeneration in his region.COGEN Europ is keen to further develop this structure after the end of the action
  • A tool for the assessment of support measures and barriers in order to conduct an analysis of the financial viability of cogeneration projects in 27EU Members has been developed.This model successfully shows the ability of mechanisms to stimulate particular sectors of the cogeneration market in one State.It provides a basis on which to compare support mechanisms across countries.The model template has the ability to be tailored to additional future needs(different engine sizes, new countries...)
  • A Handbook with Best Practice Cases has been produced. A Handbook containing a detailed description of 20 case studies has been produced representing different countries, sectors, technologies, fuel used and sizes.
  • Draft European Cogeneration Roadmap.Through the analysis of Member State reports and the work of regional cogeneration experts,the project was in an ideal position to understand both the potential for cogeneration in Member States and the sectors which are the most attractive for development,given the policy and energy challenges in each State.On the basis of this a draft roadmap has been developed which was presented at several events iin order to have feedback from the expert audience.

Lessons learned

  • Member States did not abide by the reporting deadlines in the legislation.
  • The report structure and analysis performed by Members States varied considerably making aggregation at the European level difficult and less precise than the individual reports.
  • There is still an absence of good basic data on cogeneration and heat at all levels in many Member States.

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Fiona Riddoch
0032 (0)2 772 82 90


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01/10/2008 to 31/03/2011
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