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Welcome to an Urban Lunch Talk about Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods (PEDs) with a variety of invited guests. What does it take to transform the urban energy system to a sustainable one – and how can stakeholders succeed with vital steps in the implementation process of for example Positive Energy Districts? Participants to this webinar can join with input in the chat and vote in polls.

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Materials from the event
> Slides by Chris Cooper in the CRUNCH project

> Questions And Comments In The QA

> Slides by Christoph Gollner in the PED Programme

In this lunch talk, invited guests will share their experience of either implementing Positive Energy Districts or working with energy related sustainability transitons. Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) are energy-efficient and energy-flexible urban areas or groups of connected buildings which produce net zero greenhouse gas emissions. PEDs actively manage an annual local or regional surplus production of renewable energy. They require integration of different systems and infrastructures and an interaction between buildings, the users and the regional energy, mobility and ICT systems. PEDs also need to secure the energy supply, and a good life for all in line with social, economic and environmental sustainability.​​​​​​ Europe aims to be a global role model in energy transition and reducing its carbon footprint. Cities and the building sector play a decisive role in that process. The Programme “Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for Sustainable Urban Development” aims to support the planning, deployment and replication of 100 Positive Energy Neighbourhoods by 2025 and is joined by 20 EU member states. The Programme is conducted by JPI Urban Europe, and involves stakeholders from R&I funding networks, cities, industry, research organisations and citizen organisations.

Join the chat and the polls with your input:

– Is a neighbourhood-oriented approach like Positive Energy Districs a useful contribution achieving climate-neutral cities?
– What are methods and processes already tested in local energy transitions, and what can we learn from these experiences?
– From your perspective, what are most urgent R&I topics regarding PED development and local energy transitions?
– What are your do’s, don’ts or dilemmas for realising local energy transitions towards sustainability? How do you move forward in complicated situations?


  • Christoph Gollner, the PED Programme Coordinating Programme Manager. Christoph is a graduate engineer in spatial and urban planning and has been working for the Austrian Academy of Sciences and in urban revitalization for the City of Vienna.
  • Professor Goran Strbac from the STEP-UP project: Socio-Techno-Economic Pathways for sustainable Urban energy development. The project studies four cities (London, Beijing, Delft and Suzhou) which together represent large and medium as well as historic and new cities in EU and China. The findings will be summarized in policy recommendations, a business case and a road map for urban energy transformation in the EU and China will be proposed when the project finalises. STEP-UP is part of the pilot call Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas organized by JPI Urban Europe and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Goran is Professor of Electrical Energy Systems at Imperial College, London.
  • Chris Cooper from the CRUNCH project (Climate Resilient Urban Nexus CHoices: operationalising the Food-Water- Energy Nexus) investigates food, water and energy as one complex system, leading to increased knowledge and discoveries that cannot emerge when investigated separately in ‘silos’. Chris works with the CRUNCH IDSS as a digital twin concept and how the data management regime was identified using smart city standards.
  • Jim Segers from City Mine(d) -an international organisation based in Brussels and London. Since 1997 it developed over one hundred projects in fifteen cities throughout Europe, either at its own initiative or as facilitator. City Mine(d)’s aim is to make urban development everyone’s business. One current project is “La Pile“: a project that creates links between neighbours to that reinvents electricity in the city. You can here join the electric test field to generate electricity locally, distribute it to neighbours, consume less, or at other times, invest together in the future.
  • Caroline Wrangsten (host), project manager in JPI Urban Europe with a focus on communication. Caroline has a MSc in Environmental Social Science where she majored in human geography and urban development. Caroline has previously worked at the UN Association of Sweden and think tank Global Utmaning. She is part of the international expert group for #UrbanGirlsMovement and #HerCity.


Read more

>> Article: Towards 100 Positive Energy Districts in Europe – Preliminary Data Analysis of 61 European Cases

>> PED Booklet

>> Announcement: Projects awarded funding in Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) pilot call


19 March 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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