Cities4PEDs

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

Brussels / Belgium

Brussels / Belgium

Stockholm / Sweden

Stockholm / Sweden

Vienna / Austria

Vienna / Austria

Brussels

The Brussels partners will focus the research and experimentation on the already-built Northern District, a dynamic neighbourhood that historically has been the place of severe urban alterations, and still facing social, economic and spatial transition. Within Cities4PEDs, investigation and local testing involving the different stakeholders and communities active in the area will be set up, in order to further analyse the transition process of this existing neighbourhood toward a PED. The project partners will focus on investigating a governance structure and organisational model in order to coordinate this local transformation by setting different modus of cooperation (private-public; private-private; public-public). The research project seeks for the development of supporting framework and design of the transition process for a neighbourhood programme around PED, including developing dynamics of social inclusions and local group interactions.

Stockholm

The focus area is the Royal Sea Port district. The PED development will be based on previous pre-feasibility studies analysing the integration of water, waste and energy systems to reach a higher degree of sustainability. Stockholm will seek to define the right stakeholders to involve and design new organisational models.

Vienna

Viennese partners focus on different areas, like Pilzgasse (PED under construction), Seestadt Aspern (urban expansion area for 20,000 inhabitants and almost as many workplaces, nowadays partly in operation, implementation and planning),Stadtquartier Muthgasse (district with an existing structure as well as planned new buildings) and Otto Wagner Areal (existing district which will be refurbished to become a PED). One specific goal is a framework to boost the installation of photovoltaic and the replacement of gas boilers by renewable sources. The project seeks a solution on how different neighbourhood coordinators can focus on achieving climate neutrality. Gained experience in district transformation should contribute to a broader inclusion of tenants, owners and inhabitants in the Viennese energy transition.