Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) are gaining importance, both as urban innovation labs and as concrete, on-the-ground projects for creating future proof, energy-positive and climate-neutral urban living environments. Where do they come from and why should one have one or more PEDs developed in one’s own city?
This solution booklet cannot summarise everything related to a PED. Therefore, the booklet is conceived as an umbrella, referring to other solution booklets and relevant sources where appropriate. The themes addressed will vary from citizen engagement and urban planning to the technical matters of district heating and cooling networks, refurbishment, local energy generation or home and district batteries. Innovative business models and financial schemes are considered.
Hereby, the present booklet focuses on the following questions: how can a PED be set up? Which factors are important? Who should be involved, and when? What are the main issues to consider for its energy system? How can costs and benefits be fairly shared through business models that are fit for this purpose? How to secure qualitative aspects like social inclusion and spatial quality?