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

Goals and relevant aspects of a common PED definition

Several European countries joined forces to create 100 Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) by 2025 as part of their Strategic Energy Technology (SET) plan. To that end a broad framework definition was proposed to describe what PEDs are.

“Positive Energy Districts are energy-efficient and energy-flexible urban areas which produce net zero greenhouse gas emissions and actively manage an annual local or regional surplus production of renewable energy. They require integration of different systems and infrastructures and interaction between buildings, the users and the regional energy, mobility and ICT systems, while optimizing the liveability of the urban environment in line with social, economic and environmental sustainability.”

This gives a first idea of the objectives and the way in which such a PED can be realised. But in order to apply the definition to a concrete local context and move toward an operational and mobilising definition, it is necessary to make its various aspects more concrete.

In this working document, we discuss the reasons why it is important to make the criteria of a Positive Energy District more concrete, we make a series of observations that will serve as input for determining actual criteria and indicators of a PED definition and we identify how as a consortium we will contribute to the development of those PED criteria and assessment.

Download our PED definition document here.

PED Atlas

For a city to embark on developing a Positive Energy District (PED), the framework conditions, such as political mandate, legal, financial and organisational structures, etc. will have to be in place or established over time. The Cities4PEDs project has investigated the framework conditions for developing PEDs in three cities, Brussels, Stockholm and Vienna and further interesting PED-relevant projects across Europe.

Twenty-five PED-relevant projects were identified by the consortium for further investigation. Out of this list, seven projects were selected for in-depth interviews based on their holistic approach to sustainability at large but in particular, their relevance from a PED perspective. The investigations have been analysed and a multidisciplinary overview of the different aspects of concern for the realization of PEDs has been developed. This PED Atlas is a documentation of the process, the known framework conditions and PED elements.

Download the PED Atlas here.


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