Combined Heat & Power, District Heating & Cooling, Demand Side Services, Energy Efficiency

European representation

The Association for Decentralised Energy's membership of Cogen Europe, Euroheat and Power and the Smart Energy Demand Coalition allows us to actively influence discussions about sustainable energy at EU level. Find out more about the Associations that we work with.

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Cogen Europe

COGEN Europe is the European association for the promotion of cogeneration. Its principal goal is to work towards the wider use of cogeneration in Europe for a sustainable energy future. 

COGEN Europe is a Brussels based not-for-profit organisation created in 1993 to reflect the clear need for greater co-operative efforts at a European level to realise the full potential for cogeneration. COGEN Europe promotes the widespread development of cogeneration in Europe and worldwide. To achieve this goal, COGEN Europe works at the EU level and with member states to develop sustainable energy policies and remove unnecessary barriers to implementation. COGEN Europe is involved in a wide range of functions such as:

  • Representing the interests of COGEN Europe members and of the cogeneration sector on the whole vis-à-vis the EU Institutions and other important organisations and institutions.
  • Organising the COGEN Europe Annual Conference, Europe’s largest cogeneration event in the annual calendar.
  • Participation in European projects.
  • Coordination of internal expert Working Groups.
  • Production of COGEN Europe publications.

The COGEN Europe network covers the whole of the European Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and also includes Japan, Australia and the United States. To find out more visit


Smart Energy Demand Coalition

The SEDC is the European industry association dedicated to making the demand side a smart and interactive part of the energy value chain.

The challenges that European power systems are facing today following the energy transition can be surmounted only through the intelligent cooperation between consumption, distribution, transmission and generation, acting as equal partners in a holistic energy system; in other words, with the Smart Grid.

The SEDC's focus is to promote demand-centred programs within the areas of Demand Response, energy usage feedback and information, smart home, in-home and in-building automation that form the heart of the Smart Grid.

The SEDC's vision is a strong participation of the demand side in the European electricity markets, which will lead to the long-term goals of the Smart Grid: affordability, security of supply and reduced carbon emissions. SEDC focus their efforts in five areas:

  • Interact with policymakers on behalf of the Demand Side Program industry
  • Intelligence and information gathering for SEDC Members
  • Giving members of the SEDC greater visibility
  • Working with trade, financial and general media to raise awareness of Demand Response, feedback, smart home, etc.
  • Providing opportunities for networking and partnering among demand side programme and smart grid companies


Euroheat and Power

Euroheat & Power is a unique network of district energy organisations and professionals, connecting industry players, decision-makers and academia in a joint effort to drive forward sustainable heating and cooling.

EHP are a non-for-profit association headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, which unites the district energy sector. EHP members come from over thirty countries around the globe and include national district heating and cooling associations, utilities operating district energy systems, industrial associations and companies, manufacturers, universities, research institutes and consultancies active in the sector.

EHP are the authoritative voice of the sustainable heating and cooling sector in Brussels and beyond, bringing a unified voice in EU and international level debates on district energy related policies. EHP advise on all EU policy developments of relevance to the sector, such as energy, environment and climate action, competition, research and innovation. 

EHP provide the contact point for expert advice and analysis on district energy to all interested parties. EHP gather and regularly publish facts and figures, studies, reports, news and best practices on the sector while promoting the advantages of district energy and create visibility among key stakeholders in Europe and around the world.

EHP initiate and take part in research, development and demonstration projects concerning district heating and cooling technologies, markets and policy, via its DHC+ Technology Platform. They inform on EU funding opportunities, facilitate consortium building and offer education and training activities for young professionals.

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