Smart Cities Marketplace takes part in Celsius Summit 2020

09 December 2020 09:30
10 December 2020 12:30


Facilitating the Heat Transition in South East Europe & Beyond!

This year the Smart Cities Marketplace team will join Celsius for their summit and deliver a hands-on online workshop called the Smart Cities Marketplace Matchmaking Master Class!

2020 is a year with many firsts: a world-wide pandemic that threatens our society, but also countries stepping up their climate ambitions and the European Union announcing the Climate Neutral Cities mission as well as many opportunities for cities with the Green Deal Policy Framework. The Celsius Initiative also has some firsts this year: co-creating the forerunner groups together with the Celsius Cities and the first virtual Summit – Celsius Summit 2020!
The Celsius Summit 2020 is co-organised with the North West Croatian Energy Agency (REGEA) and will put a clear emphasis on the region’s heat transition, its challenges and success stories and what role district heating and cooling networks will play. We will explore the “mission possible” – how to facilitate the urban heat transition – from different angles: on 9 December the programme focusses on funding aspects, with a multitude of new funding programmes available for Celsius cities and on 10 December, we will put the spotlight on the policy framework and what else is needed to make a fast and ambitious heat transition happen in South East Europe and beyond.
While the Celsius Summit 2020 will be organised online, we still strive to make it an occasion to come together as Celsius network, share knowledge and new developments and get inspired by the Celsius city success stories! Join our Celsius Summit to celebrate the first year of the Celsius initiative and meet the fellow Celsius cities and Celsius supporters because only together we can make the “mission possible”!

Practical Details

Programme Summary*

Wednesday December 9, 2020: Funding for the Urban Heat Transition

9:30 Opening Ceremony

Welcome by Julije Domac, Director of REGEA & Katrina Folland. Coordinator of the Celsius Initiative

– State of play & how to advance district heating and cooling in South Eastern Europe
– EU Green Deal & the Post-Covid REcovery Fund – What’s in it for the Celsius Cities?

10:45 Coffee Break

11:00 Funding Possibilities – Pitches

– ERA-NET & Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETP)
– European City Facility
– European Innovation Fund

Followed by break-out rooms for in-depth discussions

12:15 Conclusions

12:30 Networking Opportunity

Thursday December 10, 2020: Policies for the Urban Heat Transition

9:30 Opening Plenaries

Welcome by Paul Voss (Managing Director of Euroheat & Power)

– Local and regional planning for district heating and cooling
– Pushing the Accelerator – Lessons Learned from the Celsius Forerunner Groups

10:45 Coffee Break

11:00 Parallel Hands-On Workshop

– Celsius City Manifesto
– Smart Cities Marketplace Matchmaking Master Class
– Moving Forward in South East Europe

12:00 Conclusions

12:30 Networking Opportunity

* Please note this is a preliminary programme, as such sessions and times may change *