HC Deb 16 June 1992 vol 209 c437W
Mr. Dafis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps are being undertaken by his Department to promote the co-generation of heat and power.

Mr. Maclean

The Government fully recognise the environmental and energy efficiency benefits of combined heat and power—co-generation—and seek to ensure that CHP faces no unnecessary legislative or institutional barriers to its implementation. The Energy Efficiency Office—EEO—of the Department, in conjunction with technical staff at energy technology support unit and building research energy conservation support unit, is responsible for promoting the wider use of the technology, in cost-effective locations. It manages this through the best practice programme which provides independent and authoritative advice and information on energy use and efficiency in industry and commerce as well as in the public sector and in housing. In addition to the project profiles and publications produced, there is a continuing programme of CHP seminars and site visits.

The EEO also works closely with the Combined Heat and Power Association, the representative body of the CHP industry.