Planning and Implementing Positive Energy Districts from Concept to Practice: Mapping of Characteristics, Technologies, Stakeholders, Methods and Processes

Track 1 – Special session

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Organisers: Vicky Albert-Seifried (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems), Caroline Cheng (SINTEF), Xingxing Zhang (Dalarna University), Andrea Gabaldon Moreno (CARTIF), Ursula Eicker (Concordia University), Genku Kayo (Tokyo City University), Daniele Vettorato (Eurac Research)

Keywords: Positive Energy Districts (PEDs), PED Characteristics and Technologies, Stakeholder engagement, Methods and Processes, Regulations

Potential journal publication: To be confirmed


The Special Session aims to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners working on the definition, planning and implementation of positive energy districts (PEDs) and climate neutral cities (CNCs) to share thoughts and exchange experiences. The concept of PEDs/CNCs is evolving, although there has been a growing number of projects aligned with the PED/CNC aspirations in recent years, their planning and implementation are still in infancy. Through an open and constructive dialogue, this Special Session seeks to identify the success factors and learn the valuable lessons from ongoing PED/CNC projects. We are particularly interested in work that addresses the following challenges:

  • Review of the planning and implementation of PEDs/CNCs: demonstration of existing cases, identification of main challenges, success factors and barriers, establishment of best practice.
  • Definition of PEDs/CNCs: their quantitative/qualitative traces and methods to capture the essence of PEDs.
  • Characterisation of PEDs/CNCs: identification of key characteristics, creation of PED/CNC archetypes/references to support replication.
  • Stakeholder engagement: mapping of relevant stakeholders, their roles and needs in the PED/CNC development, stakeholder management in the PED/CNC processes.
  • PED/CNC processes: structure of effective process flow, methods/tools to streamline the processes.
  • PED/CNC legal and regulatory challenges: identification of key legal and regulatory barriers and opportunities to support PED development.
  • PED/CNC Energy systems: from identification to implementation
  • Modelling and Control methods and techniques for planning, operating and implementing PEDs/CNC

We invite researchers and practitioners who are working with PEDs and CNCs to present their projects/studies and contribute to this open dialogue.