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On 24 September 2021, 22 people from planning offices and city administrations in Germany participated  in the LowTEMP 2.0 seminar series to learn about how the use of technical solutions in combination with district heating systems is saving greenhouse gas emissions. Cornelia Siebke from Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg held the seminar.

The municipal climate protection goals are ambitious but at the same time, cities have a limited influence on modernization decisions. However, municipal infrastructure, such as district heating, offers the opportunity to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The seminar presented innovative technical solutions in order to enable administrative employees in German municipalities to influence the implementation of climate protection and energy concepts in their cities. For planning offices, the presented ideas served to support the development of smart and future-oriented concepts. In particular, the possibilities of using solar energy, industrial waste and surplus heat, Power-to-X technologies and geothermal energy were introduced. For each energy source, the necessary technical infrastructure and funding programmes were discussed. The presented best practice examples from LowTEMP served to discuss possibilities to transfer such new solutions.