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CELSIUS Newsletter
Smart Heating and Cooling in the EU
January 2016
There is great demand for the knowledge built up within the CELSIUS project. It will now be made available through webinars adapted to the specific needs of member cities. 

- The cities we have recruited face challenges and want to collaborate with CELSIUS experts. We find webinars to be a fruitful format for knowledge transfer, so they will be by invitation only, focusing on our member cities and the specific topics they are requesting. This is part of how we live up to what we promised when they signed up and joined CELSIUS, says Helena Nordström, Head of Market Outreach.
 
If you want an idea of what they can be like, there is a publicly available webinar made by CELSIUS and CITyFiED projects, headlined “Tools for a smarter more energy efficient future”. 

All workshops will be announced on the CELSIUS startpage, scroll down to “Workshops and events”. Invitations will also be sent by email. The next workshop coming up is “How to get started with heat mapping" on February 3.
What do YOU want to learn? 
Please let your country contact person know!
Paul Voss:
“District heating is the best solution”
Paul Voss, managing director of Euroheat & power, rates district heating the best way of heating dense urban areas. It supports decarbonisation and supply security, both key issues for European cities. “By spreading awareness, CELSIUS is empowering cities to take control of their own energy futures,” he says.


Euroheat & Power is the international association representing the district heating and cooling sector throughout Europe. Paul Voss sees CELSIUS as an important player in the European energy debate. “It doesn’t matter how much we talk about district energy on the European level if we don’t have engaged and informed cities taking action on the ground,” he says.
 
2015 was a good year for district heating and cooling. The Commission launched the new framework for European energy policy: the Energy Union. Heating and cooling were for the first time recognized as important and significant parts of the energy system. As a result of this process, the first heating and cooling strategy ever on a European level will be published on February 10. “It is clear that district heating is better positioned now that the importance of sustainable heat has been recognized,” Voss says.
 
Europe needs to find another way to heat its buildings. Today heating accounts for half of the EU’s energy consumption and is mainly supplied by burning oil and gas in hundreds of millions of small boilers. 

“That model is incompatible with a large scale decarbonisation,” Voss says and continues:  “District heating is the best solution to heat dense urban areas. It is not tied to a particular energy source, but is just a clever way of bringing energy from where it is available to where it is needed – whether it is geothermal, solar, bio fuels or recoverable heat from local industries.”

Another argument in favour of district heating is that of supply security. “Europe’s dependence on imported fossil fuels is dangerously and unnecessarily high," Voss says, “and we are aware of the tensions with supply from Russia. We need to invest in an infrastructure for using locally available sources, instead of spending on imported gas and oil for conventional heating.”
 
There are high upfront costs connected to building a district heating network. “But it depends on how you calculate,” Voss says.

“This is always the case when you talk about an infrastructure instead of just purchasing a fuel. But if we would include the cost of those carbon emissions in the price of conventional alternatives, then the relative competitiveness of district heating would look different. If the energy transition was going to be cheap and easy, we wouldn’t need to spend so much time talking about it. The truth is, it will be expensive and difficult but we need do it anyway.”  
We are World Smart City Award winners

We are proud to announce that CELSIUS won a World Smart City finalist award at the 2015 Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. 

The award recognizes pioneering projects designed to aid cities in becoming more liveable, sustainable and economically viable.

Katrina Folland, CELSIUS Coordinator, and Emilia Pisani Castañeda, CELSIUS Project Officer, received the award.
CELSIUS expanding at full speed
The recruitment of European cities is picking up considerable speed. At the time of the last newsletter being issued in November there were 19 CELSIUS cities, today 36 have joined. 

Over the last few weeks, cities in France, Spain, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands and Great Britain have joined CELSIUS in order to build or advance systems for district heating or cooling.
 
- Recruitment is going very well, many cities are interested in developing district heating and CELSIUS has found a good concept, says project coordinator Katrina Folland. We are also helped by the fact that the European Commission has a new focus on district heating and cooling, which will be emphasized even further when the EU heating and cooling strategy is launched in February.
 
This is very good news, since the recruitment of cities and the replication of solutions between them is key to reaching CELSIUS’ ambitious long-term goals. The project was designed to be institutionally sustainable in the longer term and thus to continue to play a major role in European energy policy in the future.

One of the goals of CELSIUS is 50 cities committing to the CELSIUS vision.

These are the 36 CELSIUS cities so far


Antwerp, Bergamo, Birmingham, Bolzano, Bristol, Cagliari, Chemnitz, Copenhagen, Enfield, Exeter, Gdynia, Gent, Granollers, Greenwich, Groningen, Guidonia Montecelio, Haringey, Helsingborg, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Leeds, Leiden, Lund, Lyon, Manchester, Manisa, Merton, Reggio Emilia, Riga, San Sebastián, Stoke-on-Trent,Tilburg, Torino, Turku,Valladolid, Westland, Zaanstad.
“It is crucial for the future of the planet”
In an op-ed, the CEO of CELSIUS project partner Göteborg Energi highlights CELSIUS as a climate success story for Swedish politicians to showcase in international climate talks.

In the Swedish magazine for public sector decision makers, Dagens Samhälle, Lotta Brändström emphazises CELSIUS as a good example of European initiatives for developing fossil free and resource efficient cities.
 
An excerpt from the article:
 
”The whole world is undergoing rapid urbanisation. 1.5 million people move into cities every week. This means that about 70 per cent of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050. Already today, cities cause 70 per cent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Thus, what is done to make cities as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible is crucial for the future of the planet. “

She wants Sweden to contribute its biggest climate success stories, out of which district heating and CELSIUS is one. “One way of taking on the climate challenge is, just like Gothenburg and Sweden have done, to invest in extendied district heating networks using renewable
energy or waste heat. It is about time for our delegates to share the experience of how we are making an energy transition happen while preserving economic growth”.

The complete article can be read in Swedish here.

Upcoming conferences

 

... Where CELSIUS will participate:

2-3 March, Urban Future Global Conference, Graz
 
 This year's theme is 'Save the world, change cities: Know how!'
On March 3, CELSIUS has a speaking slot in the session
“Taking the lead: how cities around the world fight climate change.”

 

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: March 8 2016
Website: http://celsiuscity.eu
Editor: Amanda Termén
amanda.termen@imcg.se
CELSIUS stands for "Combined Efficient Large Scale Integrated Urban Systems."
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