Holistic assessment and innovative stakeholder involvement process for identification of Positive-Energy-Districts

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Project status


Project partner

  • SEVEn, The Energy Efficiency Center (Czech Republic)
  • Technical University of Prague (Czech Republic)
  • White Arkitekter (Sweden)
  • Sustainable innovation (Sweden)

Project description

The PED-id project will provide decision-makers with improved information about positive energy district options and impacts at an early stage. The purpose is to create a corresponding knowledge-based participation process. The project is EU-financed and involves five organizations in three different countries.

The problem

Cities require a lot of energy and currently account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions and this is expected to grow. The energy needs to be produced sustainably and used efficiently. Today, this is not done on a large enough scale.

The solution

A positive energy district, or a PED, is a neighbourhood that produces a surplus of renewable energy, which can help to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions. New buildings are designed with high energy performance and existing buildings are upgraded. The neighbourhood then stores, manages and uses energy in a smart way. PEDs are a proven solution to lower CO2 emissions and already exists in European cities today, but we need more.

The PED-ID project

The PED-ID project is an EU-funded initiative that provides decision-makers with guidance about methods, tools and other solutions for PEDs at an early stage of development. Stakeholders can use these tools directly in a PED process to consolidate their options, making decisions based on data in a holistic assessment. With our solutions, know-how and support, you can start a PED today!

Creating PEDs

The cornerstones of the project are the living labs located in Uppsala (Sweden), Vienna (Austria) and Rožnov (Czech Republic). The developed processes and evaluations for energy efficiency are being tested in the living labs.

As stakeholders in the city, you have a big role to play, but it doesn't have to be hard. Creating PEDs is an affordable and realistic solution to cut energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions. We have the expertise and the tools you need to create PEDs, and we can facilitate the process and help you create a PED in your neighbourhood.

PED – Positive energy districts

Positive Energy Districts – The future of renovating and building

JPI Urban Europe – the knowledge hub for urban transitions

JPI Urban Europe was created to address the global urban challenges of today with the ambition to develop a European research and innovation hub on urban matters and create European solutions by means of coordinated research.

Under the Plus Energy Districts (PED) call, JPI Urban Europe sought transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral communities of researchers and practitioners to advance urban PED implementations and establish cross-national exchange of experiences. These collaborations are intended to help facilitate knowledge transfer and learning from different European contexts, cities, and countries to create greater engagement and understanding in PED implementation processes.