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CELSIUS Newsletter
Smart Heating and Cooling in the EU
March 2016
A toolbox for shared success
Expertise, experiences and inspiration from the CELSIUS project will soon be available to all member cities, when an eagerly awaited wiki is launched. Anna Boss who leads the development of the CELSIUS Toolbox explains its advantages. 

”We want others to make use of what we have learned. This way, all the research and experiences from our demonstrators can easily be transferred to new cities that are developing district heating and cooling systems.  It contains both technical and socio-economic aspects.

Why a wiki?
It is a familiar platform since it looks just like wikipedia and other wikis. We have produced a lot of reports but this is an easier way to excerpt the information. It is also very easy to contribute. We encourage cities to share their own experiences through the toolbox.
How do you use it?
There are several ways to get into it: you can choose between categories, use the search field for specific topics, or go to the demonstrator page for inspiration. 
You can also use the so-called roadmap to get an overview and be directed to relevant pages.
Why is sharing knowledge so important in CELSIUS?
District heating and cooling networks need to be designed in different ways depending on the local situation, politics, regulations and available energy sources. They are complex systems so it is important to learn from how other
cities develop and manage their networks.

Using the toolbox, each city can select and combine experiences that fit their
own situation. There is no competition involved, since different energy companies supply their own local markets.
When will it be launched?
It is now being beta tested and from the end of March, all CELSIUS cities can access it. The idea is for the wiki to stay up and continue developing even after the project is closed."

Find the CELSIUS toolbox here.

Learn more in the upcoming

WEBINAR: Introduction to the CELSIUS Toolbox
March 22

Invitations will be sent out to CELSIUS cities shortly.

Beate Weber-Schuerholz:
”It was breathtaking and creative”
She is the former mayor who cut 30 percent of the energy consumption of an entire city. Nowadays an international celebrity in the field of energy efficiency, Beate Weber-Schuerholz is an advocate of district heating.

”It was in the early '80s in Holland that I saw district heating for the first time. It was breathtaking and creative, it had lower emissions than anything I had ever seen”, says Renate Weber-Schuerholz, who laid the foundation for Heidelberg’s globally leading position within energy efficiency.
One of her arguments for district heating is the advantages of decentralization. See her explain in an exclusive video interview, made when she received the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development.
WORKSHOP: Challenges and solutions

CELSIUS in collaboration with Finnish Energy invites all CELSIUS cities to the workshop ”District Heating and Cooling – Future challenges and showcases of good solutions".

The workshop includes a high-level panel on future challenges and opportunities for district heating and cooling operators. Presentations will be given on how district heating operators can work to become more customer oriented through service agreements and price dialogues.
It also offers study visits to the CELSIUS demonstrators Short Term Storage, the Operation Center and Sewage Heat Recovery with Large Scale Heat Pumps.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn as well as contribute by exchanging experiences and best practice with each other.
Date: 5-6 April
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
More info: contact Maja Högvik via email
Why should I go to a workshop? This video holds the answer.
Taking up the fight against fuel poverty
Fuel poverty is a harsh reality in London Borough of Islington. Helping residents afford their living is one of Islington Council’s top five priorities. One important remedy is developing a district heating network.

“Fuel poverty is an issue across the UK, but is particularly acute in Islington with around one in five of our residents spending 10 per cent of their income after housing costs on fuel”, says Islington Councellor Claudia Webbe.

Islington is a CELSIUS partner and hoping for district heating to help local households solve a pressing dilemma.
According to the British Citizens Advice information service, 1.4 million British homes on pre-payment meters get cut off from their gas or electricity supply each year because they can’t afford to top it up.
An important way for Islington of tackling fuel poverty is developing a district heating network that will bring cheaper, greener heat to residents living on communally-heated housing estates. It is meant to reduce energy bills and protect residents against big increases in the prices of energy supplied on the open market.  

“Since 2011, gas prices have risen by 38 per cent for individual customers”, says Claudia Webbe.

District heating also solves the problem of side effects occurring when households try to save money. Many homes become subject to dampness and condensation if residents cannot afford to heat them. But this is very rare in homes connected to district heating networks.
Now Islington is awaiting the next step in the development of the network: the launch of the CELSIUS demonstrator Waste heat capture and utilisation. “It will be exciting to see heat from the London Underground captured and used to heat people’s homes”, says Claudia Webbe.
The heating and cooling strategy is here

On February 16, the Commission launched the first European Heating and Cooling Strategy. This is good news for CELSIUS.

The strategy was designed to support the optimisation of buildings' and industries' heating and cooling, a sector accounting for
50 per cent of the EU's annual energy consumption.
"This is an important step that will be
helpful for improving the market for district heating and cooling solutions and thus be advantageous for our CELSIUS Cities on their journey,” says CELSIUS project coordinator Katrina Folland.
CELSIUS close to goal: changing track
As 44 cities all over Europe have now signed up and joined CELSIUS, there is no doubt that the goal of recruiting 50 cities will be met.

”We are in a transition period, where we go from mainly recruiting cities to emphasizing the support we give to the member cities", says Helena Nordström, CELSIUS Head of Market Outreach.

"One important aspect of this work is the series of webinars that we are planning for this year. The responses from the cities have been very positive so far, and this is really an excellent tool for us to transfer knowledge from our expert group to the cities.”

All upcoming webinars are listed on the startpage of the CELSIUS website.

The 44 CELSIUS cities

Antwerp, Bergamo, Birmingham, Bolzano, Bonn, Bristol, Bydgoszcz, Cagliari, Chemnitz, Copenhagen, Delft, Düsseldorf, Enfield, Exeter, Frankfurt, Gdynia, Gent, Granollers, Greenwich, Groningen, Guidonia Montecelio, Haringey, Helsingborg, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Leeds, Leiden, Limoges, Lund, Lyon, Manchester, Manisa, Merton, Parkstad Limburg, Pijnacker-Nootdorp, Reggio Emilia, Riga, San Sebastián, Stoke-on-Trent,Tilburg, Torino, Turku, Valladolid, Westland, Zaanstad.
Award: a step towards the future
The CELSIUS demonstrator Waste heat recovery from sewage in Cologne has been awarded as being an important step towards a sustainable future.

Innovative ideas for smarter energy use and reduction of greenhouse gases are the focus of the KlimaExpo.NRW, an initiative by the federal state government of North Rhine-Westphalia. Its aim is to give momentum to the energy transition and the efforts to reach international climate goals.
One part of the initiative is highlighting one thousand steps taken towards a sustainable future. The CELSIUS Cologne demonstrator was honoured as one of these steps in January. CELSIUS representative Georg Tillmann from Cologne, number three from the right in the picture, received the award.
Event calendar


22 March CELSIUS Webinar:
The CELSIUS Toolbox

5-6 April CELSIUS Workshop:
Future challenges and good
 solutions, Gothenburg

13 April CELSIUS Webinar: 
Business cases - developing commercial opportunities

19-21 April Conference: 
International trade fair and congress for heating cooling and CHP, Frankfurt

April/May CELSIUS Workshop: 
Wasteheat recuperations and master planning, Lyon


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 3 2016
Editor: Amanda Termén
CELSIUS stands for "Combined Efficient Large Scale Integrated Urban Systems."

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