So far, positive energy districts and neighbourhoods (PEDs) have
been predominantly researched from a technological and energy perspective,
often with a focus on electricity and related to new buildings. While the
building level is clearly regulated with known possibilities for intervention,
this is not the case for the district- and neighbourhood-level. A broader
implementation of the PED concept therefore requires a special focus on legal,
institutional and organisational issues and a focus on the main actors, the
cities, to develop effective instruments and structures.
In Cities4PEDs, the cities of Brussels, Vienna and Stockholm
collaborate with experts from research, innovation and citizen participation.
They jointly investigate how cities can adapt and use their planning and
implementation instruments so that urban development results in neighbourhoods
that produce more energy than they consume.
In details, the project has three main objectives:
- Advancing the
PED concept and definition for new and
existing districts and neighbourhoods;
- Fostering PEDs
through legal levers and ensuring
PED qualities from planning to implementation;
approaches for effectively engaging citizens and business stakeholders.
The PED areas chosen by the partners are diverse, from existing to newly-built areas, with different backgrounds and specific issues (energy poverty, coastal area, important social housing development…). This calls for an ambitious but differentiated approach of PEDs definition.