Reducing emissions in Chile by promoting the use of combined heat and power plants in industry and commerce - 15_I_236 - 844 - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)

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

As of: August 2019

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

  • The regional program for the promotion of cogeneration and energy efficiency in the Magallanes region is being implemented and advised by the IKI project.
  • 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.
  • 03/2018, a training seminar on the introduction of CHP technologies and project development was carried out in cooperation with the Chilean Energy Efficiency Agency. It trained 42 engineers and business representatives, as well as employees of the Chilean partner institutions. - Work on the re-powering of existing CHP plants is ongoing.
  • 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.

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

09/2015 till 08/2020