The Energy Trust is asked to examine potential role of microgeneration in future energy strategy.

A groundbreaking study examining new methods to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions has been commissioned by the government.

The DTI has asked The Energy Trust to examine the role of microgeneration in the UK’s future energy strategy. Microgeneration is an environmentally friendly method of producing heat and power on a small scale, including the use of solar panels, small-scale wind turbines and fuel cells.

The study, expected to be completed by October this year, will contribute to the government consultation “Microgeneration strategy and low carbon buildings programme”.

Phillip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said: “Large power stations which distribute to users hundreds of miles away lose a significant proportion of power in transmission and distribution. Micropower appliances, on the other hand, are situated close to their users and are far more energy efficient, with most releasing no carbon dioxide.

“A microgeneration strategy could offer a range of benefits to the UK – including strengthening the security of our energy supply by reducing our dependence on oil and coal. Using a mixture of these technologies could also make a significant impact in our ability to combat climate change.”