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Celsius Summit Online 2021 – Energy Democracy

Welcome to the Celsius Summit 2021, 24-25 November, hosted by the City of Strasbourg!

The energy transition concerns everyone. Its success will highly rely on its democratic and inclusive dimensions, at every level. This is especially true when looking at heating and cooling systems, which must be sustainable, affordable, and accessible for all.

In this context, cities are the direct guarantors of these values. There will be no silver bullet to decarbonise these systems. Considering the different (and sometimes opposed) interacting perspectives, one question arises: how can cities ensure that heating and cooling systems are efficient, sustainable, and democratic? Overcoming these challenges will be key to reach the European climate targets on time.

The following is a tentative program – more speakers will be announced.

Program, 24 November  Different perspectives

Moderator: Annette Gerlach

13:30 Opening plenary
Welcome from Strasbourg  Marc Hoffsess, Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg
National Association Julie Purdue, AMORCE
Keynotes Ciarán Cuffe, Member of the European Parliament & Julien Joubert, Energy Cities

15:00  Coffee break

15:15 – Session on Energy Democracy
End-user engagement and acceptability of DH – Astrid MadsenCity of Rotterdam (NL)
Cooperatives and heat communities Bob D’Haeseleer, Eeklo (BE)

16:00  Breakout room discussions
Room 1: Policy perspective
Room 2: Customers’ and utilities’ perspective on heating and cooling
Room 3: 
Stakeholder engagement

16:45 Conclusions

Program, 25 November Implementation

9:30 – Opening plenary on Collaboration within and between Cities
Collaboration at a national level – Stephen Cull, Dublin City Council (IE)
Collaboration at an international level – Guillaume Perrin, FNCCR (FR)

11:00 – Coffee break

11:15 – Parallel workshops
Workshop 1: Celsius policy workshop
Workshop 2: 
Waste Heat
Workshop 3: 
Geothermal heat

12:15 – Conclusions

12:30 – Networking afternoon

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Nov 24 - 25 2021


Celsius Inititiative


Celsius Inititiative

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Celsius Summit Online 2021 – Energy Democracy