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CELSIUS Newsletter
Smart Heating and Cooling in the EU
November 2017

Sustainable city open to the world

"We are very much looking forward to the CELSIUS Summit. It's a true privilege to welcome such a prominent line-up of knowledgeable people to Gothenburg", says the Mayor of Gothenburg Ann-Sofie Hermansson. 

The Gothenburg city slogan 
is: Sustainable city open to the world. Through cooperation with industry and universities, the city and the city-owned companies are developing new technologies and methods to reduce the environmental impact. Among many things, this has resulted in large investments in the modern district heating system and various biogas projects.

The city of Gothenburg, together with Göteborg Energi, has led the CELSIUS project and the Mayor of Gothenburg sees many positive outcomes of the work. 


"It has been stimulating in many ways. To be challenged by others in such a positive context has made it easier for us to challenge ourselves. I do think that we are more forward-looking and innovative now than before the project started", says Ann-Sofie Hermansson.   

Summit, Ann-Sofie Hermansson expresses that she is looking forward to
getting a fresh update on what is happening around Europe in the district energy field and she is also one of the speakers at the event.

"I will focus on all the hard work needed to make the truly smart city a reality. The development of district energy systems - and sustainable infrastructure in general - is very much about keeping ambitions high in the very long run", says the Mayor.  

Words from the coordinator

With only three weeks until the CELSIUS Summit will take place, we are happy to welcome you to a lively and engaging experience with the aim of fuelling continued efforts in the field of district energy.
The conference is called “The Power of Networks” because we believe that strengthening the district energy market is dependent on the collaboration between sectors, and an established district energy network allows for smart resource use.

to the great interest for CELSIUS over the project years, the conference brings together representatives from cities, as well as key research, policy and industry stakeholders. I'm very much looking forward to seeing each and every one of you in Gothenburg.

If you haven't registered yet, please click here.

Film: The work behind the Summit 

To make the CELSIUS Summit an unforgettable event the workgroup in Gothenburg is having weekly workshops and meetings. Now with less than a month to go the work is intense and the last pieces of the puzzle are being laid.

She will make sure to stay on schedule

One important person that will make sure that everything runs smoothly at the CELSIUS Summit is Pernilla Warberg. She is the moderator and expresses a great pride that Gothenburg is hosting the event. 

"My main focus, in addition to staying on schedule, is to make sure that the speakers are enjoying their time on stage and that they deliver. I want both the audience and the participants to have an instructive experience", says Pernilla Warberg.

Pernilla Warberg is an experienced moderator with a personal tone on stage. Her many years in the business come in handy in the many different sessions of the event. A series of live interviews, films, one-on-one matchmaking sessions and more intimate round-table discussions will set the stage for this unique conference. 

"It's a summit, so I hope that a common picture of the CELSIUS project will be delivered, no matter the participants’ purpose, position or assignment. For me, the biggest challenge is always to make everyone feel ‘I’m lucky I was there’ as they leave in the end of the conference", says Pernilla Warberg.

Meet one of the speakers - Donna Gartland

Donna Gartland is a Strategic Sustainable Energy Planner at Codema, Dublin's Energy Agency. Currently, Donna is working to establish the first District Heating systems in the region with support from the EU Interreg NWE project 'HeatNet'. At the CELSIUS Summit she is one of the speakers.

Hello Donna, how important is the CELSIUS project for you?

"The CELSIUS project has helped us to access advice, expertise and see real case studies of how innovative DH systems have developed across Europe. The CELSIUS wiki is an invaluable resource for the members, and the success of the CELSIUS project is evident 
the large number of CELSIUS Member Cities and Supporters. CELSIUS has also helped to support the development of new EU projects, such as the Interreg North-West Europe project called 'HeatNet' that Codema is currently leading, which looks into developing 4th generation DHC systems in North-West Europe. "

You are one of the speakers, what will you talk about?

"I will be highlighting the current state of play in Ireland in regards to district heating development, and the current barriers to progressing projects. Currently, Ireland has very little district energy supply, no supporting policy or regulation for district heating systems, and many supports for alternative individual heating system solutions, so needless to say, it is a difficult situation for District Energy in Ireland." 

Finally, what do you look forward to the most in Gothenburg?

"I look forward to exchanging knowledge and solutions with the other participants at the summit in the round-table discussions, hearing from the many expert speakers, and I am really looking forward to the study visit arranged to see the award-winning district heating delivery to the Stena Danica."

And the winner is... CELSIUS!

2017 has been a year of confirmation for CELSIUS. In June the project won the EU Sustainable Energy Award in the public sector category. Since then, the project has won not one, but two new awards. 

On the 19th of October the Homes and Communities Project of the Decade Award, sponsored by Pinnacle Power, was presented to one of the CELSIUS Demonstrators: London Borough of Islington for Bunhill Heat and Power Network. 

Since being installed in 2012 the network has helped reduced energy bills by 10% for over 850 homes and two leisure centres and saved 2000 tonnes of carbon.

"Islington Council are extremely proud of being recognised for the work we have put in over more than a decade to develop district heating in the borough. Bunhill Heat and Power has often been held up as a showcase of a local authority-run district heating network, a not-for-profit model in which all of the financial benefits are returned to local residents in the form of lower heating bills. It is a key part of Islington Council’s efforts to reduce fuel poverty in the borough and we hope its success highlights to other local authorities what is possible for councils to do to help residents", says James Wilson, Energy Projects & Programmes Team Leader at the Islington Council.

On the 24th of October Gothenburg and Stena Danica received the Global District Energy Climate Award in the category “Out of the box” for the district heating to ships demonstrator; the motivation lists among other things: “A ground-breaking project.”

“Winning this award is truly an honour and a wonderful recognition of the work we do in CELSIUS. In one of the work streams in the project, we find new and innovative use for district energy, and the district heating connection to Stena Danica is one example of how we in Gothenburg collaborate to develop our district energy system and take new steps towards a sustainable city,” says J
onas Cognell, CELSIUS Project Manager at Göteborg Energi.

CELSIUS is a multi-award winning project and both Jonas Cognell and James Wilson are certain that the project is making a huge impact.

"CELSIUS showcases the range of innovation that decentralised energy offers, not just in utilising waste heat sources such as sewers or metros, but also in how it can be used, for example providing ships with heat. Helping showcase and share this knowledge across Europe helps spur the development of low carbon, innovative heat sources to the benefit of both consumers and the environment", says James Wilson.

"If all cities in Europe utilised the excess heat as effectively, the whole heat demand in Europe could be met, which is a dizzying thought. To have the opportunity to share this knowledge and simultaneously learn from other cities with different circumstances is a stimulating journey,” says Jonas Cognell.

Read more about the awards here and below you can find two films connected to the latest awards. 

CELSIUS - The Power of Networks

Imagine an intelligent, competitive and liveable city. Imagine a resource-efficient city with smart heating and cooling. This is your city - a CELSIUS city.

As the CELSIUS Summit is approaching, the project continues to grow and the interest 
does not decrease.

One of the goals with CELSIUS was to recruit 50 New CELSIUS Member Cities and to provide them with relevant support, advice and guidance to help gain support for, establish, construct or ultimately grow district heating and cooling systems in their cities.

At the moment there are 67 cities signed up. 

After the Member City recruitment goal was reached, CELSIUS realized that the project needed to include other DHC stakeholders in order secure a continued planning, development and optimisation of district energy solutions. Other EU projects, organisations, universities and the private sector can become CELSIUS City Supporters by signing a Letter of Intent. 

There are now 63 CELSIUS City Supporters.

The CELSIUS wiki is a district heating and cooling resource that strives to be a source of knowledge and inspiration for the network interested in district energy solutions. The CELSIUS wiki has over 300 uploaded files and more than 100 hours of webinars and workshops. Did you miss an interesting webinar? It is never too late to catch up - all earlier webinars are available in the CELSIUS wiki.

See the film and join the network! 

Upcoming events

27-28 November:
CELSIUS Summit: The Power of Networks, Gothenburg

Come join the network and make the connections that will take you to the next step in finding smart heating and cooling solutions and building more energy efficient systems.

How to sign up and to find out more: CELSIUS Summit – The Power of Networks



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.
Editor: Maria Dahlin
CELSIUS stands for "Combined Efficient Large Scale Integrated Urban Systems."

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