"Smart Cities and Communities
Positive Energy Districts" Workshop

Day 1 | Tuesday 27th October | 14.00 - 16.00

Given that roughly 75% of Europe’s population lives in cities the EU’s urban areas are important contributors to the EU’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, which have a huge impact on climate change. A smart city is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and business. A smart city goes beyond the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for better resource use and less emissions. It means smarter urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities and more efficient ways to light and heat buildings.

This workshop aimed at presenting and discussing different tools and approaches of how to improve the collaboration between the different people, businesses and organisations in a smart city community when deploying innovative energy concepts like Positive Energy Districts. Also discussed was the question of how to take into account secondary benefits against pay-back times of interventions, for public authorities or for economic actors.

Participating projects : MAKING-CITY (H2020), +CityxChange (H2020), POCITYF (H2020), ENERGE (Interreg NWE), ATELIER (H2020), mySMARTLife (H2020)

Chair of the workshop : Emilio Miguel Mitre, GBCe (Green Building Council Espana), MAKING-CITY project


  • “Opening and introduction” Augusta Clérisse, R2M Solution


  • MAKING-CITY: How to improve the collaboration between the smart city community and the outside world?” Emilio Miguel Mitre, GBCe
  • MAKING-CITY: How to take into account secondary benefits against pay-back times of interventions, for public authorities, or for economic actors?” Beril Alpagut, Demir Enerji (PDF)
  • ENERGE: How can post-primary schools drive the adoption of Smart City energy concepts? “ Sander Smit, R2M Solution (PDF)
  • MAKING-CITY: How to evaluate the PED-readiness of cities in terms of business models?” Rachel Desmaris, R2M Solution 
  • POCITYF: How to overcome regulatory and social acceptance-related barriers of heritage sites against Smart Cities solution deployment?” João Formiga, EDPL (PDF)
  • MySMARTLife: Smart Cities and Communities as Innovation Hubs. How to to boost and manage innovation in Smart City projects (the mySMARTLife and REMOURBAN EUR project examples)”  Matthieu Grosjea (PDF)
  • ATELIER: Energy system aspects of positive energy districts” Mark van Wees, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (PDF)
  • +CityxChange: Growth and replication of PED sites in urban environments”  Dirk Ahlers, NTNU 


  • Wrap up of the session” Emilio Miguel Mitre
  • Q&A

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