OPEN CALL: Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for Climate Neutrality

The call for project proposals named "Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for Climate Neutrality" opens today, October 20th! This call invites companies, cities, consumers, citizens’ representatives, NGOs and research organisations to continue creating a transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral community working in the field of the energy transition in the urban context, aiming for high stakeholder involvement, collaboration and co-production of knowledge.

As an integral part of comprehensive sustainable urbanisation strategies, establishing Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods shifts the focus from the individual positive energy building towards neighbourhoods, and thus a new level of impact on sustainable urban development and the energy transition process. The call is now open!

Consortium as a whole must include at least two eligible applicants from at least two of the different countries participating in the call; At least one city, municipality or entity providing key urban services for a city as an applicant (either main or co-applicant) or as co-operation partners. Partners across all disciplines (e.g. natural sciences, economic and social sciences,humanities, and engineering) may join forces in projects that address applied research or innovation/implementation or both.

Topic 1: PEDs towards climate neutrality: transforming existing urban neighbourhoods

With the formulation of the European Green Deal and the Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities under the Horizon Europe framework programme, the European Commission has set ambitious goals regarding climate change adaptation and the energy transition. This call on Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for Climate Neutrality aims at aligning PED development with these ambitions and fostering PED development as a key building block towards climate neutrality. For European urban areas this implies a strong focus on existing urban structures and therefore innovative retrofitting and re-design strategies towards Positive Energy districts and climate-neutral neighbourhoods.

Topic 2: Making PEDs happen: process innovation and business models

This topic focuses on the process innovation and economic feasibility for PED development. It aims at developing strategies for stakeholder cooperation, business models, public-private partnership and regulatory framework under the primate of environmental, social and economic sustainability.


Project duration

The expected project duration is three years i.e. the project duration applied for may not exceed 36 months.

Participating countries
Austria, Brussels Capital Region, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Romania, Sweden and Turkey.

Tentative Call Calendar

Call opening: October 20th 2021
Proposal deadline: February 24th 2022, 12:00 CET
Eligibility Check: February 2022
Meeting of Expert Panel to assess proposals: May 2022
Funding recommendation by the Steering Committee: June 2022
National funding decisions and announcement of results to Main Applicants: June 2022
Earliest expected start of the projects: July 2022
Kick-off meeting: Late 2022/early 2023
Mid-term meeting: Late 2023/early 2024
Final Projects Event: Late 2024/early 2025

More information can be found on the call page.




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