CELSIUS Summit 2018

Celebrating the official launch of CELSIUS 2.0, this dynamic conference will bring together politicians, industry representatives and research institutions from across Europe to connect and exchange ideas on how intelligent heating and cooling solutions will allow smart cities to satisfy the present and future energy needs of its citizens and businesses in a sustainable way.

Focusing on stakeholder interaction, end-user engagement, smart cooling solutions and financing, political representatives from our member cities will present and discuss with leading experts in the filed their city’s vision, strategy and commitment to the development and optimisation of smart energy systems for a sustainable future.

As we look to the EU’s climate and energy ambitions for 2050 the goal will be to inspire innovative ideas that will pave the way for a competitive, liveable and resource-efficient Europe. It will provide the opportunity to generate a EU-level discussion on the vital question of how thermal networks, in combination with other clean and efficient technologies, can deliver the sustainable heating and cooling that the European energy transition requires.

The summit will be held in Brussels 21 November.



09:30 – 10:00: Arrival and registration

10:00 – 10:30: Opening Session

Purpose: Underline the key role heating and cooling has to play in the European energy transition and encourage participants to network and make the best of the conference

Moderator for the day: Sofia Lettenbichler ‖ Sustainable Cities Project Officer ‖ Euroheat & Power

  • Ulf Kamne ‖ Deputy Mayor ‖ Gothenburg City Council
  • Hans van Steen ‖ Acting Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency ‖ DG Energy (tbc)
  • Claire Roumet ‖ Executive Director ‖ Energy Cities
  • Katrina Folland ‖ CELSIUS Coordinator ‖ City of Gothenburg / Johanneberg Science Park

10:30– 11:30 Panel discussion 1 – Stakeholder coordination and adapting to find game changing solutions

Underlining the importance of collaboration, how can regional, national and local governments, private companies and research institutions collaborate to implement innovative solutions that could revolutionize heating and cooling in Europe.

Purpose: Show the importance of multilevel cooperation between governments, industry and civil society

Moderator: Paul Westin ‖ Senior Business Developer for International Markets ‖ Swedish Energy Agency

Keynote Speaker:

  • Frank van Kuppeveld ‖ Alderman for the Energy Transition ‖ City of Pijnacker-Nootdorp
  • Nabilla Ait Daoud ‖ Deputy Mayor for the Environment ‖ City of Antwerp
  • Andreas Wolter ‖ Deputy Mayor ‖ Cologne City Council


  • Celia Martinez ‖Senior Advisor at the District Energy in Cities Initiative || UNEP
  • Michiel Fremouw ‖ Spatial energy transition expert ‖ TU Delft

11:30 – 12:30: Panel discussion 2 – End User Engagement as a key to Delivering Sustainable Heating and Cooling to our Cities

Building on the previous panel, what role can end-users play in making the energy transition a reality? What has worked in your city, what has not and why? How can customer engagement improve business models?

Purpose: Showcase solutions for improving end user engagement

Moderator: Astrid Madsen‖ Energy Transition Programme Manager ‖ City of Rotterdam

Keynote Speakers:

  • Andrzej Łazęcki ‖ Head of Municipal Infrastructure Development ‖ City of Krakow
  • Stephan Brandligt ‖ Deputy Mayor ‖ City of Delft
  • Tine Heyse ‖ Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment ‖ City of Ghent


  • Stina Rydberg ‖ FED Project Manager ‖ Johanneberg Science Park
  • Sorcha Edwards ‖ Secretary General || Housing Europe

12:30 – 14:00: Lunch


14:00– 15:00: Panel discussion 3 – Keeping it cool as temperatures rise

How can district cooling catch up with district heating in terms of technologies, distribution and recuperation of waste energy? Increased access to inefficient air conditioners is creating a vicious heating cycle (polluting coolers contribute to global warming, consequently increasing the demand for cooling). There is a growing demand for cooling systems and it is crucial that we deploy innovative and resource efficient cooling solutions.

Purpose: Accelerate the development of smart cooling solutions

Moderator: Stefano Barberis ‖ Head of Research and Development Division ‖ RINA Consulting
Keynote Speakers:

  • Roland Crimier ‖ Vice-president ‖ Metropolis of Lyon
  • Elisabeth Undén ‖ Assistant Deputy Mayor & Chair of Göteborg Energi ‖ Gothenburg City Council


  • Michaël Schack ‖ Director for DHC & Cogenerations, Head of Smart Grid Development ‖ ENGIE
  • Håkan Knutsson ‖ Chairman of the Board ‖ SweHeat & Cooling


15:00 – 16:00: Panel discussion 4 – Investing in the future

How can cities finance the development of smart heating and cooling solutions (everything we have talked about during the conference)? Covering an array of public and private funding possibilities, we will discuss real-life projects and how they were financed with international, local to regional funding solutions.

Purpose: Illustrate different options cities have to finance their district energy plans

Moderator: Magnus Anderson ‖ Partner & Head of Business Development ‖ IMCG

Keynote Speakers:

  • Alain Bézirard ‖ Deputy President for the Energy Transition ‖ Lille Metropole
  • Owen Keegan ‖ Chief Executive Officer ‖ Dublin City Council
  • Arno Bonte‖ Deputy Mayor ‖ City of Rotterdam


  • Shelley Forrester ‖ Senior Advisor ‖ European Investment Advisory Hub
  • Massimo Merighi ‖ Senior Energy Expert ‖ European Investment Bank
  • Thomas Osdoba ‖ Senior Cities Advisor ‖ Climate-KIC
  • Gergana Miladinova‖ Team Leader for Smart and Sustainable Growth ‖ DG REGIO

16:00 – 16:15: Closing remarks

  • Message from the new partnership
  • Paul Voss ‖ Managing Director ‖ Euroheat & Power
  • Mats Bergh ‖ CEO ‖ Johanneberg Science Park
  • Monica Axell ‖ Acting Head of Energy and Circular Economy Unit ‖ RISE
  • Magnus Anderson ‖ Partner & Head of Business Development ‖ IMCG

16:15 – 18:00: Networking Cocktail