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 Combined Heat & Power Association

Combined Heat & Power Association

The Combined Heat and Power Association works to promote the wider use of combined heat and power and community heating.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology is now in use in a large and growing number of locations in the UK and it is likely that there will be at least double of today's 3.8GWe of capacity by the year 2010. This will bring with it many environmental gains including significant reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases.

However some of the more significant gains come from the development of community heating networks which use CHP as their heat source. Such systems are widely used in many of the Scandinavian countries, albeit in different political and economic circumstances.

Yet the UK has the building blocks essential to the development of these larger systems. Over 2% of Britain's houses are already heated by district heating for instance.

From these, as well as on a number of new sites, could grow the community heating networks of tomorrow. The essential tools to achieve this are at the disposal of local and central government. What is needed is the political vision to take what already exists and transform it into a new, environmentally friendly, energy resource.

The aim of the CHPA is to promote the wider use of high efficiency Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Community Heating. The Association, along with its Members who comprise the key organizations at work in the UK CHP sector, work with national and local and devolved government to:
address the barriers that currently face CHP and Community Heating;
ensure that when Government policies are developed they allow CHP and Community Heating to play their full role in delivering economic, social and environmental benefits to the UK;
educate and inform Government, business and the wider community about the benefits of CHP and the great potential that exists in the UK to take advantage of it.

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