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CELSIUS Newsletter
Smart Heating and Cooling in the EU
September 2015
Good news - CELSIUS is growing 
Eleven cities across Europe now call themselves CELSIUS Cities. Tilburg in the Netherlands is the latest addition - and they are in a hurry to find new solutions for the city's heating system.
In 9 years, their only heat source will be shut down.

The shutdown of the coal-fired power plant that provides Tilburg with heat was decided in the Dutch National Energy Agreement. Thus, new sources are urgently needed to heat the 29 000 households that are connected to the district heating network.

- We want to go forward with the district heating. It reduces the emission of CO
2 and brings the goal of being climate neutral in 2045 closer. Tilburg wants the district heating system to be 100% sustainable with sources as geothermal heat, bio heat and waste heat, says Pieter Biemans, programme manager for climate and energy at the city of Tilburg.
Now, the city is scanning its perimeter for potential waste heat sources. The local glass factory could be one, for example. Although integrating these sources of heat,
with different temperatures, poses a technical challenge.

- The City of Tilburg would like to use heat in the same way as we now use electricity, where electricity from different sources can be integrated and delivered to the network. Technicians should solve this problem, says Pieter Biemans.

There are also economic challenges; to reach a heating price comparable to the present and balanced against the price of gas heating, which is crucial because of Dutch consumer protection law.
- The dilemma of how to create a heat market in an existing gas and electricity infrastructure should be an issue for CELSIUS, says Pieter Biemans.
The 11 new CELSIUS cities are: Antwerp, Copenhagen, Enfield, Gdynia, Greenwich, Helsingborg, Riga, San Sebastián, Stoke-on-Trent, Tilburg, Zaanstad. CELSIUS' goal is to recruit 50 cities.

Video reportage:

CELSIUS workshops
- teaching you what you need to know

Make your district heating or cooling more innovative and efficient. In the CELSIUS project, we have experience from solutions and demonstration examples that we can share with you. We host workshops for CELSIUS Cities to take part of the project knowledge.

CLICK ON THE VIDEO above and see a reportage from the Gothenburg 2015 workshop, where representatives from European CELSIUS Cities came to exchange knowledge on various aspects of developing a district heating network.
Upcoming workshop:
In Brussels on September 16th, this interactive workshop will bring together excellence from several advanced European Smart Cities projects that will put forward their expertise and their project results on integrated planning, energy efficiency, district energy solutions and more.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from the accumulated knowledge and best practices from the CELSIUS, STEP UP, STEEP and CITyFIED projects as they push through their ground-breaking projects.
Representatives from the European Commission, Eurocities and the European Investment Bank will also give their perspectives on the key role of cities in delivering the European Union climate and energy goals for 2020 and 2030.

Organizers: CELSIUS project, EIP (ERRIN)

Full invitation and agenda here
Registration here
Using the window of opportunity
The EU Commission’s Heating and Cooling Strategy is currently being written. CELSIUS is one of the energy players that have been invited to contribute their insights to help shape this strategy.
So on September 9th, Simon Wyke will attend the EU's Heating and Cooling Consultation Forum. He will use the Celsius position paper, developed at the beginning of the summer, to present our shared position.

"CELSIUS believes district heating and cooling systems have an important part to play in meeting our climate goals and developing the secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable integrated energy systems we need.
To do this the EU’s policy and legislative framework needs to set parameters for the heat market where both communal and individual heating and cooling systems are able to compete equally. So CELSIUS is delighted the EU Commission is developing a Heating and Cooling Strategy and we are working to promote the role that district heating and cooling can play in this.

The strategy needs to address many areas but fundamentally it should promote an approach that prioritises solutions, either communal or individual, that maximise reductions in greenhouse gases and primary energy generation.

This then needs to inform the design and implementation of related directives, such as the Energy Efficiency Directive.

Other important areas include highlighting: how district heating and cooling networks enable decarbonisation of heat and resilience of supply by making use of local waste and environmental heat sources; and the need for supportive funding mechanisms to address the high risk phases in projects, such as project development and early operation."

Simon Wyke, Supporting Market Uptake and Outreach Work in CELSIUS and Principal Policy Officer at the Greater London Authority

CELSIUS videos could promote Smart Cities

The European Commission is producing a video to increase awareness and willingness
to participate in the EU Smart Cities initiative. For this purpose, cities involved in running projects have been asked to contribute
filmed documentation of what has already been achieved.

From Gothenburg, two videos about CELSIUS
have been sent: one about the workshops organized by CELSIUS’ partner cities and one about whitegoods using district heating.
The material sent was perceived to be ”very interesting” and the Smart Cities video is now being produced. CELSIUS is waiting with interest to learn whether we will be part of the campaign, which has the bigger aim to trigger practice and knowledge-sharing so that regions, cities and industry join forces and replicate valuable solutions.
Invitation to the world expo in Milan

On September 18 at the World Expo in Milan, a high level meeting gathers stakeholders in heating to exchange knowledge on industrial heat, open networks, and heat platforms. CELSIUS will be represented by the city of Rotterdam. 

The main topic is the Heat Roundabout
a network of heat pipes connecting industrial waste heat from the harbour, apartments and other buildings in South Holland, illustrated in this
All CELSIUS cities are invited to attend the meeting aimed toward higher management representatives. Confirmed high level participants and speakers are Claudia Canevari (European Commission), Nico van Dooren (Port of Rotterdam) and Paul Voss (Euroheat & Power).
Limited seating: registration is required.
Here is the program
Photo: Gothenburg European Office

Mayor to commission:

"support financing of district energy"

"In our work with CELSIUS it has become evident that cities find financing to be the most challenging aspect of district energy development. Given the energy efficiency potential of the technology, I would like to take this opportunity and encourage the Commission to create new financial instruments for funding and project development, which need to recognize the long payback period of the systems."
Anneli Hulthén, Mayor of Gothenburg in the panel of experts and politicians at the workshop ”The Heating and Cooling Future of Cities” at the European Sustainable Energy Week 2015, co-arranged by EU projects CELSIUS, STRATEGO and RESCUE.

Upcoming conferences


... Where CELSIUS will participate:

2 Sep District Energy Masterclass London
7-9 Sep EnviroInfo & ICT4S, Copenhagen
16 Sep From plan to action, Brussels
16-18 Sep Sustainable Places, Savona
17 Sep CEN-CENELEC Sector Forum on Energy Management
18 Sep World Expo, Milan
27 sep-3 Oct Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environmental Systems, Dubrovnik
19-23 Oct ISOCARP, Groningen
20-21 Oct Nordic Smart Cities - The City 2.0, Stockholm

About Celsius

To increase energy efficiency in the EU, CELSIUS helps cities across Europe to develop secure, affordable and low carbon district heating and cooling solutions that form part of the city's wider energy system. The focus is on maximising the use of waste heat or secondary heat within a city by capturing and using it in the heating system.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 314441.
Next newsletter: November 3
Editor: Amanda Termén
CELSIUS stands for "Combined Efficient Large Scale Integrated Urban Systems."
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