CHP will form part of the government's strategy for recarbonising the UK's heat supply.

Minister for the department of energy and climate change, Mike O’Brien has said that combined heat and power must play a more prominent role in the UK’s transition to low-carbon technology.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA), O’Brien stressed the contribution CHP could make in addressing energy security and climate change.

O’Brien said: “Combined heat and power is an efficient and cost effective way of reducing carbon emissions. Renewable CHP, like biomass or biogas, will play a part in helping the UK meet its ambitious green targets.

“The Government will be consulting soon on a new strategy to save energy, particularly that used to heat and cool homes and buildings, and developing ways to decarbonise the UK’s heat supply. The CHP industry is a key sector to play a part in meeting these goals.”

CEO of RWE npower, Andy Duff, also addressed the conference, arguing for the importance of clear policy signals. Duff said: “Industrial CHP presents the greatest opportunity for CO2 emission reductions in the UK heat market. CHP is a proven technology which can be deployed within a timescale that is consistent with the impending ‘capacity gap’ in power generation.

“To maximise the contribution of CHP we need the commitment from Government that this is the path they wish us to follow. We are looking for clear and unequivocal signals.”