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CELSIUS Newsletter
Smart Heating and Cooling in the EU
March 2017

DHC Days 2017:
A powerful gathering in Lyon

The two day workshop DHC Days 2017 in Lyon became a constructive forum with 140 participants and 40 speakers in seminars, round table sessions and intense networking. The theme was 'Local to Global Approaches for Innovative District Energy Solutions’.

Did you miss out? Don't worry. We collected the highlights for you. 

”We all know why we are here” 
CELSIUS project coordinator Katrina Folland opened the DHC Days

I would like to stress the importance of knowledge-sharing between cities. Cities play a key role in driving the energy transition in Europe. It is impossible for the EU and the member states to make the energy transition without local action on the ground.

We all know why we are here. 
We all know the potential district heating and cooling have to improve energy efficiency. 
We all know that district heating is about using resources already available; common sense. 
What we also know is that it is a complex story to transport it from where it is produced to where it is needed and can be used. A lot of actors are involved and the local conditions are crucial. We are talking about tailor-made systems. 

The CELSIUS project is a FP7 Smart Cities project about district heating and cooling. CELSIUS won the call in 2012 of mainly two reasons. Firstly; the amount of demonstration, show-cases in real life to prove that this is possible. Secondly; its ambitious plan for dissemination and replication, which this event is a part of. 

The aim was to connect 50 CELSIUS Cities for knowledge-sharing until the end of the project. Half-term we had 65 CELSIUS Cities. This interest together with the good timing in the EU, policy-wise, shows that the sector is on rise. 
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The CELSIUS project and this conference are about bringing together actors from across the world, from across the whole value chain, exchange innovative ideas and inspire.

The project ends in December but I can tell you that we have serious plans to continue with a CELSIUS Beyond 2017 and use the momentum and relationships to continue to support the roll-out of district heating and cooling across Europe."

VIDEO: Three participants

"It was very positive to hear about the optimistic views, ideas and what is to come".

 Click the video above!

VIDEO: Two energy agencies

"I see really huge opportunities for district heating and cooling."

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DHC Days in a nutshell:
Trends, tips and innovations

Experts from various district energy players shared their view on the future, upcoming challenges and opportunities. 

Dr. Jochen Schäfer, Siemens:
The main trends in the energy systems of tomorrow are the three D’s: decarbonisation, decentralization, and digitalisation. 

Nicolas Garnier, AMORCE:
Financing district heating systems is a challenge, and simultaneously the carbon tax is generating a fair amount of money. Let’s use the money for the energy transition and heating systems. 

Wouter Verhouven, Warmtebedrijf:
New business opportunities for heat arise in greenhouses, local organic waste, and hospitals turning from consumers to prosumers. 

Johan Persson, HWQ:
We no longer need to open up the streets to maintain DHC networks; it is possible to reline them from above. 


Amia Belaziz, Métropole de Lyon:
When recovering heat from urban areas, remember the importance of creating value for the citizens and make district energy a part of it. 

Nicholas Booth-Handford, London Underground:
Connecting an Underground station ventilation shaft to the network is a true win-win situation; providing heat for the network and cooling for the Underground.

Aleksandar Ivancic, AIGUASOL:
The regasification process of Liquefied Natural Gas is a great source of waste cold. The recoverable cold potential in the EU is 4,5 TWh. 

Ingo Wagner, EuroHeat & Power:
The major basis for the development of DHC in the future is that EU legislation views recovered heat the same as renewable heat. 
The DHC Days event was organized by the CELSIUS project together with the Métropole de Lyon and the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) District Energy in Cities Initiative in collaboration with AMORCEDHC news and SweHeat & Cooling.

A letter that made us proud

CELSIUS recently received a letter from the European Commission, thanking us for our input into European energy policy through a CELSIUS Position paper

The letter was signed by Energy Commissioners Maroš Šefčovič and Miguel Arias Cañete, stating:

“The member cities of the EU CELSIUS project have been instrumental in the Commission’s work to recognize district energy as one of the building blocks of a sustainable EU energy system, where buildings must be decarbonized. You have brought the evidence and the results of your innovative, often ground-breaking district energy projects and spared no efforts to provide your expertise in identifying the key issues, problems and solutions.” 

The commissioners welcomed CELSIUS to continue giving input on policies, which is good, since that is exactly what we are doing. In January, CELSIUS participated in a policy meeting held by EUROCITIES to discuss the European Commission’s winter package. You can also contribute - read more below!

Read the entire letter here

Influence the European energy transition

As CELSIUS sends feedback to the European Commission on the so-called ”Winter Package” of proposals for a clean energy transition, member cities have the chance to raise your voices.

In November, the European Commission presented a winter package of measures for the EU to lead the clean energy transition, not only adapt to it. The proposals have three main goals: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers.

This year, CELSIUS is going to address the Winter Package during meetings and events in Brussels and in a position paper. Since we have a strong position in representing 65 European cities, we want to know your opinion! All CELSIUS Member Cities will be contacted and asked to contribute this document, so this is good a time to prepare your perspectives and positions. 

Want to know more about how you can contribute?
Contact Helena Nordström

Free access to interactive heat map

An interactive Pan-European Thermal Atlas will facilitate the planning of smart district energy systems.

One of our CELSIUS supporters, the EU project Heat Roadmap Europe, is putting the finishing touches to an interactive map of it 14 member countries. The map shows a 100m resolution grid of heating and cooling demand, existing district energy systems in city areas, as well as available excess heat sources. Through combining specific and realistic heat demand data by costs of infrastructure development and access to renewable energy, it is meant to facilitate the development of smart district energy solutions across Europe 

The map will be launched in the beginning of march, read more about it here.
Rapid recruitment makes CELSIUS grow
We are now 65 CELSIUS cities and 37 CELSUS supporters

The recruitment of CELSIUS City Supporters continues at a rapid pace. Particularly from the private sector and industry actors, but also EU-projects and other players with expertise in district energy that are joining CELSIUS to support our member cities. 

These supporter organisations have joined so far:

EU projects


Universities and Research Institutions
Ecologic Institute
Technische Universität Dresden​ via Rescue Project

Aalborg University via STRATEGO and Heat Road Map

IVL, The Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Public Institutions

Euroheat & Power
SweHeat & Cooling
​EGEC, European Geothermal energy Council
Atoll Energy

Bywall Consulting
Passiv Systems
Veolia Spain

Individual consultants
Maxime Rousset
Laurence Rocher
Jens Carlsson
Maria Jangsten


Upcoming webinars

5 April:
CELSIUS Talk: preventive measures in DH network maintenantce

3 May: 
CELSIUS Talk: Business models for DHC

Webinars are by invitation only and priority will be given to CELSIUS member cities. Did you miss an interesting webinar? It is never too late to catch up - all earlier webinars are available in the CELSIUS Toolbox.


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: May 2 2017
CELSIUS stands for "Combined Efficient Large Scale Integrated Urban Systems."

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