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Positive energy districts Implementation Working Group

About the IWG

The Implementation Working Group (IWG) on positive energy districts and neighbourhoods for sustainable urban development (PED) or IWG 3.2 was established in October 2018. It is supported by 19 European countries with their national research and innovation (R&I) programmes and networks of European cities, R&I and industry.  

The IWG joined forces with the JPI Urban Europe, which provides a management platform to develop a PED-specific call agenda and additional activities engaging “problem-owners” - specifically city administrations, in co-creation processes to identify solutions to their challenges.  

The development of PEDs is crucial for the transition towards climate-neutral European cities. It is helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, European Green Deal objectives, the Mission on Carbon-Neutral and Smart Cities, and to implement the Renovation Wave.  

The PED IWG’s activities include: 

  • developing a common European understanding on PEDs across all participating countries 

  • running a European platform of city administrations who work towards attaining PEDs (PED city panel) 

  • managing annual calls for R&I projects in the field of PEDs (applied research, PED labs and PED demonstrations) 

  • valorisation and interconnection of nationally and regionally-funded PED projects for knowledge exchange and learning on a transnational level 

  • developing tools and guidelines on PEDs 

  • developing replication and upscaling schemes to support PED mainstreaming in Europe 

  • developing a monitoring and assessment scheme for PEDs. 

 

Its activities link to other SET Plan activities such as those of the IWGs on energy systems and energy efficiency in buildings.  

 

The PED IWG participates in international collaboration initiatives, e.g.: 

  • the International Energy Agency (IEA) technology collaboration programmes (TCPs) on energy in buildings and communities (ANNEX 83 on PEDs) 

  • decarbonisation of cities and communities 

  • the Mission Innovation network. 

Targets and objectives

The IWG 3.2 supports the planning, deployment and replication of 100 ‘Positive Energy Districts’ by 2025 as a tool for achieving climate-neutral cities, embedded in integrated urban strategies providing liveable, sustainable and inclusive urban neighbourhoods. 

Who’s involved?

IWG 3.2 currently includes: 

R&I ministries and funding agencies from 19 countries
Austria (Chair) 
Belgium
Switzerland
Cyprus
Czech Republic 
Germany
Denmark
Spain
Finland
France
Italy
Latvia 
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania 
Sweden 
Turkey

 

PED stakeholders from research, industry and cities
European energy research alliance (EERA)
Joint programme smart cities (JPSC)
UERA
Eurocities
ERRIN
Energy Cities
Housing Europe
Euroheat & Power
TP DHC+
EUA EPAUE
TB Construction
European technology innovation platform (ETIP)
Renewable Heating and Cooling

 

Updates

  • PED programme first pilot call on PEDs 

  • Task force on distribution of Horizon Europe cofund and publication of its first report  

  • Task force on national recovery plans on climate neutrality in cities and publication of its first report 

  • PED Inventory: mapping of projects and strategies towards energy transition and climate neutrality in Europe 

  • PED Roadmap 2022-2027 (currently under development) 

Documents

   

Relevant links

Related content

   

SETIS magazines

Magazine | | Joint Research Centre

Smart Grids magazine

News

Contact point

Chair: Hans-Günther Schwarz, Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology BMK, Hans-guenther.schwarz@bmk.gv.at

Other contacts: 

Christoph Gollner, Programme Management Coordination, Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG, christoph.gollner@ffg.at

Susanne Meyer, Policy Coordination, Austrian Institute for Technology AIT, susanne.meyer@ait.ac.at