Positive Energy Districts: Identifying Challenges and Interdependencies

Krangsås, Savis Gohari, Steemers, Koen, Konstantinou, Thaleia, Soutullo, Silvia, Liu, Mingming, Giancola, Emanuela, Prebreza, Bahri, Ashrafian, Touraj, Murauskaitė, Lina and Maas, Nienke (2021) Positive Energy Districts: Identifying Challenges and Interdependencies. Sustainability, 13 (19). p. 10551. ISSN 2071-1050

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Positive Energy Districts (PED) are areas within cities that generate more renewable energy than they consume, contributing to cities’ energy system transformation toward carbon neutrality. Since PED is a novel concept, the implementation is very challenging. Within the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action, which offers an open space for collaboration among scientists across Europe (and beyond), this paper asks what the needs for supporting the implementation of PEDs are. To answer this, it draws on Delphi process (expert reviews) as the main method alongside the literature review and also uses surveys as supplementary methods to identify the main challenges for developing PEDs. Initial findings reveal seven interacting topics that later were ranked as highest to the lowest as the following: governance, incentive, social, process, market, technology and context. These are interrelated and interdependent, implying that none can be considered in isolation of the others and cannot be left out in order to ensure the successful development of PEDs. The resources that are needed to address these challenges are a common need for systematic understanding of the processes behind them, as well as cross-disciplinary models and protocols to manage the complexity of developing PEDs. The results can be the basis for devising the conceptual framework on the development of new PED guides and tools.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Information: Acknowledgments: This article is based upon work from COST Action Positive Energy Districts European Network (PED-EU-NET), supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology, www.cost.eu).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Challenges, Collaboration, Cost action, Governance, Market, Needs, Participation, Positive energy district, Positive energy district
Subjects: K100 Architecture
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2022 16:28
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 16:30
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50599

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