CELSIUS’ experience with replication and communication and what made their approach successful
We asked the Project coordinator of CELSIUS Katrina Folland to tell us briefly about their experience in replication and communication by formulating three key learnings and how they managed to put these into practice within the CELSIUS project and make it a success.
1) CELSIUS is a network that generates an interest and brings all different district heating and colling (DHC) stakeholders together.
- The network includes 5 partner cities with 20 partner organisations, 50+ CELSIUS Member Cities and a growing number of CELSIUS City Supporters.
- The CELSIUS Toolbox is collating and presenting the project results in a way that will support the 50+ and continuously growing CELSIUS city network. All the knowledge, research and expertise generated within the project are presented in a user-friendly, accessible and interactive way that enables stakeholders with various interests to find relevant information at a level appropriate to their needs, no matter where they are in the district heating and cooling journey. It contains technical as well as socio-economical information. The toolbox is exclusive for CELSIUS Member Cities and CELSIUS City Supporters. The CELSIUS Toolbox is also accumulating information and knowledge from CELSIUS City Supporters, such as other EU projects.
- Webinars for the CELSIUS Members Cities provide knowledge and support to have an impact on planning, development and optimization of district energy systems in Europe. This form of dissemination has proven useful because it allows for participation without the restraints of travelling time and cost.
2) CELSIUS takes a holistic perspective taking into account the DHC system as a whole. This means that wherever a CELSIUS Member City is in its development of smart district energy systems, CELSIUS can give the city support.
- The toolbox is divided into three themes to help guide CELSIUS Member Cities in their development; the themes are Creating the market, Production, and Optimisation.
- The project has partners (experts) from the whole value chain for DHC.
- Parallel to direct support to cities, CELSIUS is lobbying for EU policies to be harmonized and supportive to the development of DHC. Any changes in district heating and cooling policies, directives and strategies on an EU level will trickle down to national and regional levels affecting priorities, choices and long-term planning and affect cities in their work to implement smart heating and cooling systems.
3) CELSIUS demonstrators show cases realistic DHC solutions.
- Not only sharing information of what is possible but also showing the demonstrator projects, CELSIUS clarifies how systems, planning and collaboration can take form in replicable examples.
- The indicators of the CELSIUS demonstrators – the KPIs – are used to measure performance, scientific progress, and used resources. They are useful benchmarking tools both for optimising a project and for assuring political acceptance through, for instance, the focus of improvement of the quality of life in the urban areas involved in each project.
Katrina Folland is the CELSIUS, Smart Cities Coordinator in the City of Gothenburg (Sweden), where she initiated the city’s ambitious engagement in the Covenant of Mayors and the Smart Cities & Communities program. She has extensive experience in strategic management of local climate and environmental policies.