Exploring city levers to enable Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) across diverging contexts

Lunch Talks Series

Every Wednesday, from 13.00 to 14.00 (CET), from the 16th of February to the 16th of March, we will discuss a series of key topics related to positive energy districts. Join us to contribute and get insights from the cities of Brussels, Stockholm, Vienna and many more! 


  • 16 February: Energy communities as accelerators for PED development  
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  • 23 February: Instruments for collective renovation of the built environment 
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  • 2 March: Urban planning instruments (e. g., zoning) to support PED implementation
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  • 9 March: Activation of developers & institutional building owners for PED 
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  • 16 March: City-wide organisation for energy district implementation
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Location: Online

Deep-dive exchange in the three local contexts


  • 27-29 January 2022 in Brussels
  • 7-10 June 2022 in Stockholm
  • 13-16 September 2022 in Vienna

In each of these exchange workshops, the project partners and the local actors will explore city levers and instruments (legal framework, planning tools, governance structures, etc.) which enable Positive Energy Districts. In addition, they will develop strategies and methods to embed PEDs’ development in neighbourhood dynamics, with the specific goals to make PEDs more inclusive, increase buy-in from diverse communities and involve small-scale private stakeholders. Findings from research activities are discussed with local actors and further refined.

These workshops are intended for members of the project only.

Investigating cities’ strategies for PEDs

Date & Time: 21 October 21, 10.00-12.00 CET

Location: Online

In Cities4PEDs, a two-year research project funded by JPI Urban Europe, the cities of Brussels, Vienna and Stockholm, with other local partners, are investigating how to implement the Positive Energy District (PED) concept in cooperation with local actors and which new tools should be developed for this purpose. District development and transformation cases have been examined, throughout a series of interviews. From these, instruments, local neighbourhood dynamics and governance models have been distilled and specific strategies have been developed further together.

In light of this first investigation, the project partners would like to open up the conversation around PED implementation strategies, by bringing to the fore an overview of lessons learned from the interviewed districts, and their recurring challenges and bottlenecks in relation with their different strategies. Then, we will explore with participants the development of new instruments and components (organisational structure, tools, energy systems and modus of collaboration) to achieve this pivotal ambition.

Missed this event? Watch the webinar’s recording here!

This event is part of the Sustainable Energy Days, organised in the framework of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

Cities4PEDs final events

Workshop: What are the key questions to address for the development of Positive Energy Districts?

Date & Time: 20 October 22, 14.00-17.00 CET

Location: Online

Are you developing Positive Energy Districts (PED)? Are you working on neighbourhoods’ regeneration to decarbonise buildings and improve quality of life? Join us to discuss the methodology developed by the Cities4PEDs’ partners to make sure to ask yourselves the key questions at the adequate time. This is key to ensure progress along a too-often complicated journey.

For two years, the cities of Brussels, Vienna and Stockholm have been collaborating with experts from research, innovation and citizen participation. They jointly investigate how cities can adapt and use planning tools and engagement instruments so that urban development results in neighbourhoods that produce more energy than they consume.

These three cities and their partners would like to present and discuss with you the methodology they designed for PED development. During this interactive workshop, you will learn how the methodology has been applied in Vienna as a case study and you will share your own approach. In addition, considerations for further work on PED development will be debated.

Draft agenda:

14:00–14:05   Welcome and introduction on Cities4PEDs
14:05–14:25   Presentation of the Viennese case (incl. the city’s targets, how the city is organised, what the districts looks like)
14:25–15:00   Application of the ‘game’ methodology for Vienna and feedback from other cities
15:00–15:30   Highlight of some of the tools and strategies (‘playing cards’) and Q&A
15:30–15:45    Break
15:45–16:00  Which considerations for further PED development?

– Consideration on the mobilisation of local actors: e.g. How to avoid that renovation (and thus value increase) leads to gentrification in existing districts?
– Consideration on coalition-building: e.g. How broad should the coalition around the PED development be at the start? Should we start from the coalition of the willing or have a broad / representative group of stakeholders engaged since the start of the project?
– Consideration on targeting and regulations: e.g. How do we deal with time gap between ambitious strategy-building for a city (or district) and the translation of such ambitions into building regulation and law?
16:00–16:45How to address these considerations? Parallel sessions
16:45-17:00     Plenary conclusions

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Are you developing PEDs? Do you want to join a Community of Practitioners on the topic? Contact us!