DUT Call 2024 – Positive Energy Districts

The Positive Energy Districts (PED) Transition Pathway (TP) is aimed at supporting the planning, implementation and replication of PEDs throughout Europe. These activities are meant to contribute to the realisation of at least 100 PEDs by 2025. As a concept, the Positive Energy District supports the vision of future urban energy systems, by both optimising energy efficiency and facilitating the generation of renewable energy, from the scale of city districts down to individual buildings. Moreover, urban districts following the PED approach will be able to support the regional or national energy system through the smoothing of energy production peaks, management of demand and facilitating the exchange and storage of energy.

Beyond these technical characteristics, PEDs enable the combination of energy efficient buildings and their associated district grids with architectural and social innovation. Public involvement in its design plays a key role in the successful realisation of a PED, with public administrations, real estate developers, utilities and the public at large, functioning as supporting pillars. Through their combined efforts, these actors enable a PED to raise the quality of life in the city, contribute to the Paris Agreement targets and enhance cooperation between stakeholders in any urban system.

The PED topics of DUT Call 2024 focus on multi-level perspectives of PED development, management of different solutions within a city, as well as data management and decision support systems. For topics with a stronger technological focus, the Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETPartnership) Call 2024 is recommended.


Positive Energy Districts Call Topics

Topic 1: Local PEDs in a multi-level perspective

Topic 2: Towards the climate-neutral city: PEDs, system integration and urban strategies

Topic 3: Managing the urban energy transition: data management and decision support systems