SPARCS PUBLICATION: Citizens and Positive Energy Districts – Are Espoo and Leipzig Ready for PEDs
10 march 2021 | Location: Espoo, Leipzig
Smart Cities Citizen Engagement Positive Energy Districts

In urban transformation, no solution works without citizen support. With increasing numbers of building technologies and large-scale urban development on its way across cities, it has become vital to keep citizens informed, engaged, and content with the new changes. This paper looks at citizen engagement in Espoo (Finland) and Leipzig (Germany), and it determines whether the cities are ready for developing and implementing positive energy districts (PEDs). The authors studied the cities’ operations and current citizen engagement methods to understand how the efforts could be combined and improved. The analysis indicated that the city of Espoo already has a well-established system that continuously promotes citizen engagement at various levels, and combining the available infrastructure with company experts on citizen participation will allow Espoo to seamlessly transition towards PEDs in the near future. The city of Leipzig has a rich experience due to several national projects and participation in an earlier European project, which enabled the city to set clearer goals for the future and modify existing citizen methods. As lighthouse cities, findings from Espoo and Leipzig are also aimed at cities across Europe and beyond to boost development of PEDs together with citizens.

Keywords: positive energy districts; citizen; cities; participation; citizen engagement

Authored by Zarrin Fatima1, Uta Pollmer 2, Saga-Sofia Santala3, Kaisa Kontu4 and Marion Ticklen

1 VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, PL 1000, 02044 Espoo, Finland

2 Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW, Neumarkt 9-19, 04109 Leipzig, Germany; 

3 KONE Corporation, Keilasatama 5, FI-02150 Espoo, Finland; 

4 Citycon Corporation & Citycon Finland, Iso Omena, Piispansilta 9 A, FI-02230 Espoo, Finland; 

5 City of Espoo, P.O. Box 1, 02070 Espoo, Finland;