Energy efficient pathway for the city transformation: enabling a positive future

Project Manager:
Sophie Dourlens-Quaranta
Managing Partner, French Branch

MAKING-CITY is a large-scale demonstration project aiming at the development of new integrated strategies to address the urban energy system transformation towards low carbon cities, with the Positive Energy District (PED) approach as the core of the urban energy transition pathway. PEDs are district with annual net zero energy import and net zero CO2 emissions, working towards an annual local surplus production of renewable energy.

The project will be intensively focused on achieving evidences about the actual potential of the PED concept, as foundation of a highly efficient and sustainable route to progress beyond the current urban transformation roadmaps. Although in principle a PED approach seems a solid and ambitious strategy, this should be complemented with long term urban planning to ensure upscaling and fostering higher impacts.

Coordinated by CARTIF Technology Centre and counting 34 partners, the project involves the cities of Groningen (Netherlands) and Oulu (Finland) as lighthouse cities. These cities are currently working intensively in ambitious transformation planning whose approaches fit perfectly with the project’s objectives. Both have committed to deploy a demonstration of at least one positive energy district. Leon (Spain), Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Kadikoy (Turkey), Poprad (Slovakia), Vidin (Bulgaria) and Lublin (Poland) will be the follower cities. All of them have assumed a huge commitment to develop a solid execution project of Positive Energy District and foster high level of replication of the solutions demonstrated in Groningen and Oulu.

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