On 1 July the German government reached a political agreement, summarised in a Key Points Paper, on measures to achieve the objectives of the Energiewende (German energy transition) in a cost-effective and socially-acceptable manner. The agreement, which focuses on five areas for action, includes a proposal to boost support for CHP in the coming years.

The Key Points document estimates that the largest share of the additional CO₂ reduction will be covered by the measures addressing coal (and lignite) power plants, 2.7 GW of which will be assigned to a capacity reserve. The next most important measure in terms of CO₂emission reductions is providing additional support for the uptake of CHP plants, followed by further energy-efficiency measures in buildings, the public sector and industry.

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