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Reducing emissions in Chile by promoting the use of combined heat and power plants in industry and commerce

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

Despite the proven energy-saving potential of combined heat and power generation (CHP), very few CHP plants are currently in operation in Chile. By installing three pilot plants in public hospitals, an IKI project has been able to successfully showcase the practical benefits of the technology. Among other things, this has led the new Chilean Government to prioritise the development of the perceived market for 1-2 GWe CHP plants in its energy programme. However, if CHP is to be used more widely in industry, commerce and publicly owned properties, additional specialist expertise is required, along with an improved regulatory framework, a better-trained local workforce and a major campaign to raise awareness among private and public investors. A CHP reference centre is being initiated and support is being provided in the implementation of CHP projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The experience gained in these projects will be shared with neighbouring countries.
Predecessor project(s)
Energy Efficiency and Cogeneration in Public Hospitals (Pilot Project)

State of implementation/results

  • IKI project staff participates in the roundtable on the development of a handbook for local and district heating networks, working together with representatives of the Chilean Ministry of Energy and Environment, and the Ministry of Housing to work together on innovative concepts.
  • Work on the re-powering of existing CHP plants is ongoing.
  • The regional program for the promotion of cogeneration and energy efficiency in the Magallanes region is being implemented and advised by the IKI project.
  • An online tool for the determination of potential for energy efficiency and cogeneration was created and published on the homepage of the Ministry.
  • In November 2018, a new CHP unit was commissioned in the building of the regional government of Magallanes.
  • With the support of this project, the Ministry of Energy conducted 47 workshops with 15 associations on CHP and energy efficiency for SMEs in several regions of Chile and developed an online course and tool to assess the potential of energy efficiency measures and CHP.
  • A potential study on CHP in the real estate sector was prepared and published.
  • 06/2019: A study was carried out on appropriate contractual models for energy supply contracting for the operation of CHP plants under the current Chilean legal framework.
  • The project has trained nearly 100 participants in the advanced training programme "Industrial Energy Manager" of the Agency for Sustainable Energy in Technologies and Project Development on CHP.
  • 09/2019: In Germany, seven professors from different Chilean universities attended further training measures. The professors plan to disseminate the knowledge acquired in Germany in Chile in the media.
  • 10 to 11/2019 various measurements were performed to evaluate CHP projects in Chilean companies, options for improvements were developed and published.
  • 10/2019 six Colombian professors of engineering sciences were trained in CHP.
  • Trainings in CHP for Colombian and Peruvian specialists.
  • The website developed by the IKI project and operated in cooperation with the Agency for Sustainable Energy is operational and frequently used (

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Energy - Chile
  • Chilean Agency for Energy Efficiency - ACHEE

BMU grant:
3.800.000,00 €

09/2015  till  12/2021



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