SPARCS Fellow Cities publish first scientific paper
19 may 2022 | Location: Maia, Reykjavik, Kladno, Lviv, Kifissia
Positive Energy Districts

SPARCs fellow cities Maia, Reykjavik, Kifissia, Kladno and Lviv have published their first paper to share their experience with PEDs. The paper looks at the status quo of energy transition in these five cities as they embarked on the PEDs journey and identifies the associated challenges and benefits that PEDs brought to each city.

As cities are at the centre of the debate to mitigate climate change, Europe is witnessing an increase in the development of smart cities and advancement toward creating more sustainable cities. Many cities across Europe have already made commitments to sustainability transitions by introducing and integrating green strategies.

At the moment, an innovative concept in smart city development involves Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) that further encourage districts and cities to become carbon neutral.

The new scientific paper looks at the five cities of Maia, Reykjavik, Kifissia, Kladno and Lviv to understand how they are advancing on this task. The work aims to inspire other cities to follow their examples by giving a brief set of checkpoints to prepare new cities for the PED journey, thus enabling them to transition toward PEDs more efficiently.

SPARCs fellow cities collected the information through a knowledge gap survey, City Vision 2050 workshop, discussions during the City Forum and individual interviews with city representatives. The aim is to enable cities across Europe and beyond may find themselves in a similar situation. 

Check out the full scientific paper here.