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

Project description

A new way to light up city energy plans

Today’s cities have an important part to play in tackling climate change. Reducing their carbon emissions is key. The Positive Energy District approach is at the heart of the urban energy transition. In this context, the EU-funded MAKING-CITY project aims to help cities across Europe and beyond adopt a long-term City Vision 2050 for energy transition, so that city energy systems reach an annual positive energy balance. Specifically, the project will test this approach in two Lighthouse cities: Groningen (Netherlands) and Oulu (Finland). It will be then replicated in six cities: Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Kadiköy (Turkey), León (Spain), Lublin (Poland), Trencin (Slovakia) and Vidin (Bulgaria).


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. The project will be intensively focused on achieving evidences about the actual potential of the PED concept, as foundation of a high 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. Currently city energy plans are starting to be designed with a 2030 horizon, according to the standard city commitments, as for instance those reflected in the SECAPs and other more specific city plans. Project will address methodologies to support cities in their long term urban planning towards an adequate energy transition, paving the way of the planning, implementation and up-scaling process. Cities of Groningen (Netherlands) and Oulu (Finland) will act as lighthouses. These cities are currently working intensively in ambitious transformation planning whose approaches fit perfectly with the project objectives. Both have committed to deploy a demonstration of at least one positive energy district. León (Spain), Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Kadiköy (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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Net EU contribution
€ 1 099 500,00
47151 Boecillo

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Centro (ES) Castilla y León Valladolid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 099 500,00

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