CELSIUS Summit: Bringing Sustainable Heat and Cold to the Heart of Our Cities

The second CELSIUS Summit was held in Brussels on  November 21, 2018 and marked the launch of the second phase of the successful European project on district heating and cooling. With a wider scope CELSIUS wants become a hub for knowledge sharing in the field of sustainable heating and cooling in Europe.

– We want cities to connect with us and then we will act as matchmakers, providing knowledge for those who need it from those who have it, says Katrina Folland, CELSIUS Project Leader from Johanneberg Science Park in Gothenburg.

Words from the Coordinator

Building on the momentum generated by the CELSIUS Project, we look forward to continuing working with our member cities on the endeavor of facilitating the energy transition toward a more sustainable future that is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. The vision of CELSIUS 2.0 is to accelerate the transition to smart and sustainable heating and cooling solutions. Among other things, this includes recuperating the available waste heat in cities and letting heating and cooling be a smart part of your energy system as a whole.

With this in mind, we will not only continue with our ongoing knowledge-transfer activities, such as webinars, workshops and the wiki, but we will also take further steps in engaging with our network. We look forward to actively connect relevant partners, influence policies and support the deployment and upscaling of innovative technologies.

CELSIUS 2.0 will be led by a strong partnership; City of Gothenburg with Johanneberg Science Park, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Euroheat&Power and IMCG. The aim is to continue and improve the support to the city-network and further develop the digital toolbox. The website will give you the latest, please, do not hesitate to contact us for collaboration or becoming a CELSIUS Member City or a CELSIUS City Supporter and get access to the wiki and the webinars.

We would also like to thank you all for your contributions and support during the Smart Cities EU-funded FP7 CELSIUS. Thanks to a good and enthusiastic partnership, networks and good timing for District Energy the outcome has become a success. District Energy has an important role to play in a smart energy system and CELSIUS 2.0 will continue to be a knowledge hub for cities, businesses, energy-companies and academia.

Sign up for the Celsius Newsletter!

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 December 2018 gives you all the information you need about the CELSIUS Summit held in Brussels. Read the report and the call for action – and watch the video.

You find the newsletter here.

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

Past Workshops and Events

At the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona on 17 – 19 November, 2015, Katrina Folland, CELSIUS Coordinator, and Emilia Pisani Castañeda, CELSIUS Project Officer, received the World Smart City Finalist Award, recognizing pioneering smart Projects to aid cities in becoming more sustainable, efficient, economically viable and livable.

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.