Celsius Initiative: Accelerating energy transition in cities

Celsius is a collaboration hub for efficient, integrated heating and cooling solutions supporting cities in their energy transition to carbon-neutral systems. Celsius gathers and shares technical, economic, social and policy expertise. Celsius connects members, exchange and foster innovation, leading to solutions that accelerate sustainable development in Europe and across the world.

Thermal Energy Systems of the Future

– hot trends and cool solutions for cities –

Combined with the FED project‘s end conference, this two-day conference will bring together politicians, industry representatives and research institutions from across Europe to connect and exchange ideas on how urban thermal energy systems are developing and how these integrated heating and cooling solutions of the future will allow smart cities to satisfy the energy needs of its citizens and businesses in a sustainable way. Including hands-on workshops for city representatives on the following topics:

  • Business models and risk analysis for infrastructure development
  • Sustainable cooling solutions
  • Facilitating the replication of demonstrators
  • Decarbonisation pathways for cities

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Read the latest CELSIUS Newsletter

The CELSIUS  Newsletter is published monthly to promote and improve the visibility of what is happening in our network.

The latest issue from April 2019 focuses on solar district heating and gives you information about upcoming webinars and events.

You find the newsletter here.

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Upcoming events

Renewable Heating and Cooling from the Dutch Perspective

December 03, 2019 in The Hague Netherlands

By bringing together policy-makers, industrial actors and key stakeholders from the Netherlands, this workshop is a chance to discuss how to encourage innovation and facilitate market uptake of district energy and renewable heating and cooling technologies.
The workshop will cover recent developments of Dutch climate and energy policies and how EU legislation is influencing heating and cooling in the Netherlands.
More information and registration: https://www.euroheat.org/events/renewable-heating-cooling-dutch-perspective/

THERMOS Capacity Building & Train-the-Trainer Workshop

December 6, Berlin, Germany

This 5th THERMOS Capacity Building & Train-the-Trainer workshop hosted by the German Energy Agency (Dena) in Berlin will feature sessions on the role of heating and cooling for local sustainable energy action plans alongside a study tour introducing participants to the district cooling network at the famous Potsdamerplatz and current exemplary thermal energy practices in Germany.
More information and registration: https://www.thermos-project.eu/get-involved/events/#c1257

Recent Celsius Talk Webinars

See presentations and videos from recent webinars on topics like the FED project, solar energy, heatpumping technologies and policy recommendations for carbon neutral energy systems and markets.

Celsius Summit 2019: Satisfy the energy needs of citizens and businesses in a sustainable way.

The third Celsius Summit was held in Brussels on October 17-18 in combination with the closing event for the FED project.

Even though there are clear ambitions for cities to become carbon neutral as soon as possible, the path to decarbonisation is not a clear and straight road. As energy systems evolve, they become increasingly interconnected, making them more robust but also more complex. One innovative example is the digital marketplace created through the Fossil-free Energy District (FED) project where actors can buy and sell heating, cooling and electricity!

By hosting FED’s end conference, this year’s Celsius Summit brought together stakeholders from across Europe to connect and exchange ideas on how urban thermal energy systems are developing and how these integrated heating and cooling solutions of the future will allow smart cities to satisfy the energy needs of its citizens and businesses in a sustainable way.

A platform of networking and knowledge, CELSIUS takes a holistic approach to overcome technical, social, financial and political barriers to district heating and cooling solutions. Read more about CELSIUS or watch a film.

The goal of signing up 50 CELSIUS member cities is surpassed! The CELSIUS network now welcomes more district heating and cooling stakeholders: the CELSIUS City Supporters.

The CELSIUS Wiki is an online district heating and cooling knowledge resource that is growing as more representatives join the CELSIUS network and contribute. CELSIUS addresses policy framework issues through consultations and Position Papers.

It is with a great honour CELSIUS has received awards for the work of promoting smart district energy solutions.

The EU Clean Energy Package

In November, 2016, the European Commission proposed a package of measures to keep the European Union competitive as the clean energy transition is delivered and changes global energy markets.

The proposal has three main goals: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers.

Read the CELSIUS Position Paper on the Clean Energy Act package.

To all CELSIUS position papers

District Heating and Cooling

District heating is a heating system consisting of a pipe network, filled with hot water, and heat sources (from residual heat or a heating plant). The hot water is circulated by pumps, from the heating plant to the client and back again to the heating plant. A heat exchanger at the customer transfers the heat from the district heating network to the building’s own heating and hot water systems. The return water continues out through the return pipe and is pumped back to the heating plant, where it again is heated.

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