Smart District Heating and Cooling Solutions for EU Cities
CELSIUS is a Smart Cities project that illustrates how cities can save energy and helps them create a more self-sustaining energy economy by deploying district heating and cooling (DHC) systems. The overall aim of CELSIUS is to impact energy efficiency across Europe and contribute to reaching the EU's 2020 climate and energy goals. The European Commission is currently working on a heating and cooling strategy that will encompass DHC and innovative insulation product developments. The 20 CELSIUS partners pool know-how from municipalities, industries and academia in the Covenant signatory cities of Gothenburg, Cologne, London, Rotterdam and Genoa, and Islington Borough. The CELSIUS activities include four main areas:
- Specialized workshops to address common challenges by CELSIUS member cities
- Demonstrators which illustrate 30 examples of smart DHC solutions in the partner cities
- The CELSIUS Toolbox which transfers know-how ranging from technical best-practice solutions, fuel management, business models to gaining citizens' trust
- An expert group that works directly with cities and the EU to overcome technical, social, financial and political barriers
CELSIUS aims to attract at least 50 cities and offer them practical support in developing their DHC systems. So far 26 cities have joined CELSIUS, many of which are signatories to the Covenant of Mayors.