With the CELSIUS project (Smart Cities EU-funded FP7 2013-2017) the city of Gothenburg wanted to work more specifically in knowledge transfer and development, policy issues, networking, business development and reducing climate change.
The three main pillars of the CELSIUS project has been; innovative demonstration, replication via a city-network and a digital toolbox and policy-influence.
The CELSIUS project has produced position papers on EU legislation and built ten new demonstration projects. Project findings and knowledge have been uploaded into a CELSIUS Wiki, (an online knowledge exchange platform. The CELSIUS project has brought together over 60 European cities to pool knowledge and ideas about district heating and cooling (DHC) systems.
Work is currently under way in finding the right organisational structure for the next phase, CELSIUS 2.0. The CELSIUS project has put district heating and cooling on the European map. The continuous work has the best of opportunities to keep contributing to energy efficient solutions, comfort, cleaner air, resilient and secure heat sources and job opportunities. The work is led by strong triple-helix partners; City of Gothenburg with Johanneberg Science Park, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and Euroheat & Power.