Ricardo-AEA set to manage UK’s CHPQA programme

Ricardo-AEA has been awarded a contract to manage the UK’s Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance (CHPQA) programme by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The three-year contract — with optional extension of a further two years — has a total potential value in excess of £5m.

The UK CHPQA programme is an auditable accreditation methodology for assessing and certifying the country’s combined heat and power (CHP) schemes. It validates and certifies some 1,000 CHP schemes annually, covering all types of CHP applications and technologies, including energy-from-waste plants and both conventional and renewable fuels.

It enables public support measures to be targeted only at good-quality CHP that provides significant energy and environmental benefits.

A key part of the contract is the provision of confidential policy support to the DECC and other government departments on UK and EU policies and how these relate to CHP.