Positive Energy Districts (PEDs or “PEDs”) are a key tool for achieving Europe’s Green Deal and climate goals by 2030. A PED is an energy self-sufficient, zero-carbon urban district. More precisely, the term “positive energy” refers to energy produced within districts through the use of renewable energy sources and fed back into the grid.

However, PEDs often constitute isolated realities within cities, and the challenge is to integrate them harmoniously into pre-existing urban contexts, creating climate-neutral, resilient and livable neighborhoods.

There are visions, plans, designs and solutions for PEDs, but the real issue is the definition of concrete, innovative, inclusive and shared co-design strategies for existing PEDs.

The goal of PED4ALL is to develop feasible, operational, implementable, and inclusive strategies that can be adopted by DPEs and neighborhood stakeholders in order to promote a profound energy transition in cities. This three-year project will involve an action-oriented network of DPE and neighborhood stakeholders in Belgium, Italy, and Turkey, who will apply a shared co-design methodology to define a set of energy, policy, regulatory, governance, social, spatial, and design strategies for urban transition and innovation. These strategies will be tested and may become replicable.

Project partners will engage in a series of online and in-person activities to co-produce a set of practical tools aimed at creating a community of practice and positioning Europe as a global model for urban energy transformation.