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CELSIUS Newsletter
Smart Heating and Cooling in the EU
November 2015
CELSIUS and CITyFiED join forces 
Ensuring that the cities of Europe will meet the substantial need for improved energy efficiency and reduced emissions requires knowledge-sharing and capacity building. 
With a complementary technical skill set and combined network of nearly 70 cities, CITyFiED and CELSIUS are two projects taking the initiative.

There is certainly cause for collaboration. Three-quarters of EU homes are considered inefficient. Smart renovation could cut up to 40% of our energy consumption. At the same time, enough waste heat is produced in Europe to warm the entire building stock – but a distribution network is needed.
“Intelligent, liveable and efficient cities are what both our projects are designed to help others achieve. Looking to CITyFiED’s expertise on integrating deep renovation, renewable energies, smart grids and even interfaces with ICT and mobility issues is a highly complementary step to our work”, says CELSIUS Head of Market Outreach Helena Nordström.
“We have seen how effective district heating and cooling is in our own demonstration sites. The CELSIUS project gives a great insight into how effective DHC can be in addressing the wasted opportunities to be more resource efficient” says Dr Ali Vasallo, CITyFiED coordinator.

Webinar x 2 - the first joint effort

A first opportunity to witness the rich case studies, insights and technical expertise of the projects will be two joint webinars focused on resources and concrete district heating and cooling case studies.

They are scheduled for Tuesday November 24 and Wednesday December 9 at 10:30 (CET). Those interested to attend should email CITyFiED or CELSIUS for more information.
Words from the coordinator

"If it was easy to learn from others' experience, the world might have been different. But it is not easy and it makes demands on both the experienced side and on the recipient.

The CELSIUS project shows, however, time after time our capacity of attracting cities and stakeholders and to be able to convey useful solutions and knowledge."

Katrina Folland, CELSIUS project coordinator
CELSIUS attracting more cities - read about them all
Speed up the development. Duplicate smart solutions. Overcome public scepticism. Ensure affordable heating. All cities have different needs and visions when joining CELSIUS. Now you can read all about the plans, challenges and collaborative ambitions of others. 

The number of cities joining CELSIUS is fast increasing. 19 cities have now committed to the project, four of them just over the past week.

All new CELSIUS Cities are interviewed as they sign up and their answers can now be read on the CELSIUS website - follow this link. In each newsletter we introduce to you one of them, this time Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain.
The 19 CELSIUS cities of today are: Antwerp, Bergamo, Birmingham, Cagliari, Copenhagen, Enfield, Gdynia, Gent, Granollers, Guidonia Montecelio, Greenwich, Helsingborg, Leiden, Reggio Emilia, Riga, San Sebastián, Stoke-on-Trent, Tilburg, Zaanstad.
CELSIUS' goal is to recruit 50 cities.
Stoke-on-Trent: the crux of the matter is acceptance
In Stoke-on-Trent there is no earlier experience of district heating but big plans for the near future. There is also one crucial challenge: the acceptance of the public, as district heating is radically new and different to the inhabitants of the city. 

With plans to build a system of at least 11 km of district heating pipes, Stoke-on-Trent sees the opportunity for an efficient, user-friendly system that is built on the confidence and knowledge that it is not only right for the moment but also has the potential to grow and expand.

Andrew Briggs is the city energy client manager:
“We have a political commitment, we have a financial commitment and we are working hard to develop a scheme in our city in the next three to four years. 
In the first phase of a city-wide approach to deliver sustainable, low-carbon heat to the citizens, we have 20 million pounds allocated. We will build gradually
over time and replace gas and electrical heating".

What do you see as your biggest challenge?
“One of the biggest challenges will be the public’s perception of what district heating is, because it is a radically different system to what people are used to in the UK. People are very used to individual gas boilers and the idea of relying on a communal based system is unusual and the benefits are not commonly understood or widely appreciated".

In your opinion, what makes district heating/cooling a good solution for the future?
“District heating and cooling offer more efficient systems compared to the reliance on fossil fuel and inefficient individual heating systems, which are a threat to security of energy supply in the UK. The transition will be gradual, but district heating will give us that opportunity to provide secure, fresh, stable energy and heat to consumers".
“Cities should guide and support each other”
CELSIUS was featured in the Swedish District Heating Magazine, reporting from the 2015 EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels. 

The magazine summarizes the EUSEW key message as: since district heating and cooling networks are large and complex investments, European cities should guide and support each other’s efforts.
CELSIUS representative Peter North at the Greater London Authority was cited: ”Typically technology is not the missing key factor. Instead, political or social challenges are main obstacles. In some parts of Europe bad experiences cling from earlier municipal systems and politicians are replaced every four years”.
Paul Voss, head of Euroheat & Power, did not want to overrate the difficulties since “it is hardly more complicated than the ongoing negotiations around import of Russian gas and oil”.

The complete article can be read in Swedish here.
Making the move to action

CELSIUS co-arranged the interactive workshop ”From plan to action” in September,  howcasing smart cities case studies and solutions ready for replication. 
Several advanced European Smart Cities projects put forward their expertise and results on integrated planning, energy efficiency and district energy solutions to more than 70 delegates from cities, industries, European institutions and universities.

Here are some of the wise things said during this fruitful Brussels event.

“Cities are drivers for innovation.”
Georg Houben, EU Directorate-General for Energy
“It is difficult with funding for small projects, but if it is possible to bundle them, that could make a difference.”
Gianni Carbonaro, European Investment Bank
“How can we make the most of all the projects and initiatives?”
Anna Lisa Boni, Eurocities
“Signing up cities is how we replicate our solutions.”
Åsa Jardeby, CELSIUS

“It is not about inventing new solar cells, it is about implementing what is already there.”

Georg Houben, EU Directorate-General for Energy
CELSIUS wants a date with you
You are welcome to visit the CELSIUS conference stand at the Eurocities Annual General Meeting in Malmö/Copenhagen, starting tomorrow. 

On Friday November 6 CELSIUS also arranges a speed networking session, a central feature of every Eurocities conference, aimed to provide networking opportunities and give Eurocities members a fast, direct platform to share their knowledge and experience.
Inspiration and experience in print
Two new leaflets are available, sharing inspiration and knowledge from CELSIUS  demonstrators and the development of district heating and cooling in Gothenburg. 

”The reason for depicting Gothenburg’s journey is that the city’s extensive district heating system has been developed since 1946, and we think others can learn from its challenges and progress. The road is not always straight, but the experiences of others could make it somewhat shorter”, says Helena Nordström, CELSIUS Head of Market Outreach.
If you want the leaflets, please send an email and they will be sent to you shortly.

Upcoming conferences


... Where CELSIUS will participate:

4-6 Nov Eurocities AGM, Malmö/Copenhagen
17-19 Nov Smart City Expo, Barcelona
Dec 2 Amorce annual DH meeting, Paris

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: January 19 2016
Editor: Amanda Termén
CELSIUS stands for "Combined Efficient Large Scale Integrated Urban Systems."
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