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Positive Energy Districts that are inclusive, beautiful, resilient and sustainable: towards a European framework

On the European journey towards climate-neutrality and the respective HEU Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities several initiatives with dedicated programmes regarding development of Positive Energy Districts (PED) have emerged. A need for alignment between these initiatives regarding a joint understanding of basic elements of PEDs is evident. By initiative of EERA JPSC, several overarching topics regarding PED alignment have been identified, of which further operationalizing a joint European PED Framework Definition is one of the key areas.

Alignment Core Group PED definition and integrated approach: EERA JPSC PED modules, SET Plan Action 3.2 PED Programme/DUT PED pillar, COST Action PED-EU-NET, IEA EBC Annex 83, UERA PED WG, PED-related SCC01 projects, H2020 SCC01 TG Replication, SCALE, Smart Cities Marketplace.

  • How did we get here?
    Presented by Annemie Wyckmanns, NTNU/EERA JPSC
  • Policy requirements for a European PED definition
    Presented by Hans-Günther Schwarz, BMK/Chair of PED Programme
  • Proposal for an integrative model of a European PED Definition
    – Why is this excercise important – Christoph Gollner, FFG/PED Programme
    – Strategy oveview – Han Vandevyvere, VITO/NTNU
    – Defining elements – Simon Schneider, University of Applied Sciences Vienna
  • Q&A including Mentimeter questions
  • Interactive session in breakout groups (Concept Board)
  • Reports from breakout groups
  • Conclusions and next steps

Moderator: Annemie Wyckmans, NTNU / EERA JP Smart Cities

EERA JPSC receives funding from the Research Council of Norway, project number 296176.

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Annemie Wyckmans is the coordinator of CrAFt (Creating Actionable Futures, 2022-2025, HEU-funded), +CityxChange (2018-2023, H2020-funded) and the Joint Programme on Smart Cities of the European Energy Research Alliance. As Professor at NTNU, she is committed to making the transition to climate-neutrality irresistible – with cities and citizens.

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Christoph Gollner is Programme Manager for the SET Plan Action 3.2/JPI Urban Europe Programme on Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for Sustainable Urban Development (PED Programme) at the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) since 2018, coordinating operational programme activities, stakeholder involvement and content-related development of the PED Programme. As graduate engineer in spatial and urban planning he has been working for the Austrian Academy of Sciences and in urban revitalization for the City of Vienna.

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Han Vandevyvere is a senior researcher and project manager at VITO-EnergyVille and associate professor of NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).  He does research and manages projects with a focus on the energy transition of the built environment.  These mainly include EU funded smart city projects (FP7, Horizon2020), the EU Smart Cities Marketplace and assignments by the Flemish government and by Flemish cities, such as the climate action plans for the cities of Roeselare (2018) and Bruges (2021).  He holds a PhD on sustainable urban development and researched and taught sustainable building techniques and sustainable urban design at the engineering faculty of KU Leuven from 2006 to 2013.  He served as the scientific coordinator of the city project Leuven Climate Neutral 2030 (2011-2013).  Before his full-time scientific occupation he combined research with practicing as an architect, in Belgium and in Spain, allowing him to explore the relation between research and practice in particular.

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Studied Physics in Munich and at Vienna Technical University;

Austrian delegate to the High-level Steering Group of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan);

Austrian delegate and policy coordinator at the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe;

Initiator and coordinator of the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Cities;

Chair of the SET-Plan Action 3.2 on Smart Cities and Communities and of the sub-programme on Positive Energy Districts of the JPI Urban Europe;

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