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COGEN Europe publishes the second issue of the European Cogeneration Review (ECR) focusing on the Netherlands


08 Jan 2013



The Dutch CHP sector has been one of the best performing in Europe, with an important fraction of energy intensive industries in the Netherlands using cogeneration. Today COGEN Europe publishes the ‘European Cogeneration Review – The Netherlands’. The report aimed at businesses and other interested stakeholders offers a comprehensive overview of policy and market developments and highlights recent negative changes.

After a period of rapid growth in the 1990s, the CHP sector in the Netherlands has stagnated in the past 5 years, recently showing signs of decline. Three factors are considered to play a role in reversing CHP growth: an unfavourable gas spark spread that affects the majority of CHP which are gas fired, a lack of stimulus from EU ETS and the absence of a comprehensive Dutch CHP or energy efficiency policy to compensate for the impact of the first two factors.

Reacting to the report, Cogen Nederland, the National Cogeneration Association, emphasized the importance of a stable policy environment that rewards the much needed energy savings and carbon emission reductions delivered by CHP in the Netherlands.

The ‘European Cogeneration Review – The Netherlands’ is the second report in a series which COGEN Europe will publish throughout 2013. The report is available to order on


For more information please contact:

Dr Fiona Riddoch, Managing Director

Tel: +32 2 772 8290 Fax: + 32 2 772 5044 Email:

Stefan Craenen, Communications Manager Tel: +32 2 772 8290 Fax: + 32 2 772 5044


About cogeneration:

Cogeneration (also known as CHP or Combined Heat and Power) is the simultaneous production of heat and electricity. 11% of Europe’s electricity and associated heat requirements today are produced using this proven energy efficiency principle. The estimated growth potential for cogeneration is a further 110-120 GWe which will lead to an improved environment and greater economic competitiveness in Europe. Cogeneration units can be found in different sizes and applications: industry, households and tertiary sector and spans applications with capacities ranging from below 1kw to hundreds of Megawatts. It is a highly efficient energy solution that delivers energy savings and substantial reductions in CO2 emissions. When seriously supported, as in Denmark, CHP has the potential to increase the energy production and transformation system overall efficiency from a bare 33% (EU average) up to 65%. Realising the potential of cogeneration in Europe will contribute significantly to reaching the strategic climate and energy goals, such as security of supply, energy efficiency and reduction of emissions.

About COGEN Europe:

COGEN Europe is the European association for the promotion of cogeneration. We represent 70 organisations which are National COGEN Associations, manufacturers, users, utilities and service companies. Currently around 100,000 Europeans are employed in the cogeneration sector. More info on