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CELSIUS Newsletter
Smart Heating and Cooling in the EU
June 2016

EUSEW - the EU Sustainable Energy Week 

Last week was an important week in Brussels. EUSEW is the most significant European conference dedicated to sustainable energy policy issues, hosting sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders debating new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas. CELSIUS co-arranged a session with other energy initiatives and gathered the highlights from the week for you to read.
A conference is beyond its official program a framework for new thoughts, ideas and meetings."

CELSIUS project coordinator Katrina Folland summarises the core of EUSEW and how it connects with CELSIUS's objectives.

 
2016 is the big year of delivery, a key year for EU regulations on energy. With the starting point in the 2030 Climate Goals and Energy Union, the EU puts effort into streamlining and seeking consistency between policies and regulations.
 
Innovative financing mechanisms are high up on the agenda with the European Fund for Strategic Investments in the lead. Other matters still in focus are the importance of cities and the structural replication through sharing good examples. 
However, the theme for the conference was, for the first time, the consumers at the centre of the energy system. There is a need for empowering consumers in order to accelerate Europe’s transition to a clean, secure and efficient energy system.  
 
All these elements fit perfectly in to CELSIUS’s work with district heating and cooling. We have identified the role of cities as crucial, being the prime movers and facilitators in early stages, not least in city planning.
 
The cities are home to our citizens and the citizens are the consumers. I would like to share some highlights from a session on successful approaches to consumer engagement:
- Consumers want feedback
- Interact when people are forming new habits
- Young people are KEY

 

CELSIUS in joint session on EU strategy


“The heat is on – Energy Union from Principle to Practice” was the headline for an EUSEW session organised by CELSIUS together with the UNEP District Energy Initiative, GCP Europe and the European Heating Industry Association.

To the left are the words of Paul Voss, Managing Director of Euroheat & Power during the session discussing the new EU strategy on heating and cooling and the key challenge for policy-makers in the years ahead: preparing the ground for a greater uptake of efficient and renewable heating and cooling.

 

”We need smart and visionary city planning”

What do CELSIUS and the United Nations have in common? The mission of making cities adopt and extend district heating and cooling networks in order to reach climate goals.

In Brussels CELSIUS’ Maja Högvik met up with Lily Riahi from the initiative District Energy in Cities, part of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). The two projects have co-arranged workshops and share many objectives. We asked Lily Riahi a few questions on why the UN chooses to support district heating and cooling. 

How come the UN is focusing on district energy?
"Globally, heating, cooling and hot water represent 60 per cent of the energy demand in buildings, and currently this is largely met by fossil fuels. District energy allows for the use of low-quality thermal energy (waste heat) and for high levels of affordable renewable energy supply through economies of scale, diversity of supply, balancing and storage.
This makes district energy a key measure to decarbonize the heating and cooling sector and to achieve our climate and energy ambitions."

What are the main challenges globally?
"District energy is a proven solution. What is needed are not new technologies, but smart and visionary city planning, as well as knowledge sharing around best practice examples and solutions that are ready to be deployed. To accelerate this process UNEP launched the Global District Energy in Cities Initiative."
 
Why do you collaborate with CELSIUS?
"CELSIUS has built up a repertoire of best practice in district energy which address the very issues our cities want to address worldwide -- how to price waste heat, multi-utility business models, masterplanning for district energy. We want to work with the CELSIUS project to facilitate the global transfer of this critical knowledge to cities."

 
Making district heating sexy
How do we give district heating sex appeal? How do we go from facts and figures to storytelling? 
See the video where a panel of district energy experts on a global, European, national and local level all give their answers. 

These questions were posed in a CELSIUS workshop in Gothenburg about becoming a more customer-oriented company. The topic was brought up by Tero Holappa From the Finnish energy company Elenia. He feels that district energy has an image problem: ”We have been talking a lot about numbers, but we need to do more of storytelling and marketing in order to raise the appeal and strenghten the future role of district heating. ”

The local representative, Lars Holmquist from Göteborg Energi, talked about a catch-22 concerning district energy: that one of its greatest assets is also what keeps it anonymous.
”It is so convenient and simple that many people who have district heating don’t even know that they do. They say: ‘What do you mean district heating? I have these radiators.’ We need to retain this simpleness but still raise awareness where it is needed.”

 
Supporting the DH revolution
Although stating good examples, the panel agreed on that there is no simple solution.
”District heating needs to be compatible with this futuristic world that everyone wants. It can’t be an alternative; it has to be part of it. If we don’t get this problem solved it will be hard to get the district heating revolution that we are hoping for", said Paul Voss from Euroheat & Power.
 
See the entire panel discussion in this video.
CELSIUS in the news:
The dream of a fossil-free society
... Is the headline for an article about CELSIUS, published in the Swedish business sector magazine Näringsliv.

In the latest issue themed energy and sustainable development, CELSIUS project manager Jonas Cognell was interviewed. He gave his opinion on the importance of district heating and cooling in turning the fossil-free dream into reality.
 
"The EU has higlighted district energy as an important infrastructure for the sustainable cities of the future. Considering that there is enough waste energy in Europe to cover the entire heating need, if we would make use of it, says a lot about what needs to be done", says Jonas Cognell.

Read the article in Swedish here.
Video greetings from Warsaw
"We can increase this peer-to-peer sharing of information between cities. In the cities is where all of the experience of district heating is and we can maximise the potential of accelerating district energy by sharing between cities, like in CELSIUS."

These are the words of Benjamin Hickman, district energy consultant at UNEP. He took part in the CELSIUS workshop "The role of district heating and cooling in Europe’s energy transition'" in Warsaw in May.

Click the video to see him and other participants talk about what they got out of the workshop and what they appreciate about the CELSIUS project.

CELSIUS webinars


22 June:  
District cooling with examples from Rotterdam and Gothenburg


13 July:
How to upload information in the CELSIUS toolbox, tips and tricks


24 August:
New Approaches to understanding and evaluating the risks in district heating investments.

Webinars are by invitation only and priority will be given to CELSIUS member cities.

Upcoming conferences

 
International Energy and Sustainability Conference, Cologne 
30 June - 1 July
 
CELSIUS  partner TH Köln, the Technical University of Cologne, organises this conference. This year the subtitle is "Sustainable Future by combining Electricity,  Heating/Cooling and Transport Infrastructure".
 
In December 2015 the United Nations decided at the climate conference in Paris to limit global warming and to decarbonise the energy system. The conference discusses the pathways and technologies required. 

We are now 56 CELSIUS cities


Aberdeen, Antwerp, Bergamo, Birmingham, Bolzano, Bonn, Bristol, Bydgoszcz, Cagliari, Chemnitz, Copenhagen, Delft, Düsseldorf, Enfield, Exeter, Ferrara, Frankfurt, Gdynia, Gent, Granollers, Greenwich, Groningen, Guidonia Montecelio, Haringey, Helsingborg, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Krakow, Leeds, Leiden, Leipzig, Lille, Limoges, Ljubljana, Lund, Lyon, Manchester, Manisa, Merton, Mikkeli, Oslo, Parkstad Limburg, Pijnacker-Nootdorp, Reggio Emilia, Riga, San Sebastián, Stoke-on-Trent, Tallinn, The Hague, Tilburg, Torino, Turku, Valladolid, Vila Decans, Warsaw, Westland, Zaanstad.

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: September 6 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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