PED-ACT Joins DUT Conference in Brussels

PED-ACT Joins DUT Conference in Brussels

Towards the 2030 Sustainability Goals, the Driving Urban Transitions Partnership DUT Conference gathered international leaders and experts to Brussels. They kick-started 48 projects to support EU mission of climate-neutral cities, EU Green Deal, and the EU’s Urban Agenda.

The DUT programme highlights were;

1️⃣Discover the key instruments deployed by the DUT Partnership to amplify the impact of research and innovation.
2️⃣Learn from cities at the forefront of implementing the 15-minute City, Circular Urban Economies, and Positive Energy Districts strategies.
3️⃣Be inspired by Urban Doers and novel approaches in projects financed by DUT.
4️⃣Get new insights from expert panels on drivers behind change and new research areas in mission driven context.
5️⃣Celebrate the DUT projects funded in the first DUT call.

Our PED-ACT Project Team was there to present our work and our project poster, and discuss the key challenges to tackle for a sustainable future. PED-ACT’s unique cases for Sweden, Austria, and Turkiye presented to have an open conversation about #urbantransformation and #energytransition within the #ped framework.

We would like to thank our partners from Högskolan Dalarna, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, and wonderland platform for european architecture for representing us in this fruitful event.

PED-ACT Team Members at IEA-EBC Annex 83 Working Meet at Pamplona, Spain

PED-ACT Team Members at IEA-EBC Annex 83 Working Meet at Pamplona, Spain

PED-ACT’s coordinator Prof. Xingxing Zhang (Dalarna University) and WP8 doctoral researcher Eylem Keskin (Izmir Institute of Technology) attended to the IEA-EBC Annex 83 Working Meeting on 26-27 February 2024 in CENER Headquarters Pamplona, Spain.

As one of the Subtask A leaders Prof. Xingxing Zhang has been working on definition development and development of a classification of PED typologies. For the Subtask A parallel session, doctoral researcher Juveria Shah (Dalarna University) has presented our work online about the PED stories of PED-ACT. Shah elaborated on PED-ACT project as it fosters a collaborative environment through bilateral learning and co-design processes among stakeholders in four specific cities of Borlänge, Umeå, Karşıyaka/Izmir, Ankara and the county of Schönbühel-Aggsbach.

For the PhD Talks Session of Annex 83 Working Meeting, PhD Candidate Eylem Keskin has presented her work “Campus as a Living Lab: Case of IZTECH”.

CENER (National Renewable Energy Center) as the host institution of Annex 83 Working Meeting, Pamplona organized a technical tour on day two to its two important renewable energy research centers: Wind Turbine Test Laboratory and Hygrin Lab: Innovation for Green Hydrogen in Sangüesa; and Biorefinery and Bioenergy Center in Aoiz.

PED-ACT Team would like to thank to the heartwarming hospitality of CENER and the coordinators and other participants of IEA-EBC Annex 83 for their support.

For more information:

Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme: Positive Energy Districts

Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme: Positive Energy Districts

Dalarna University is thrilled to offer a new Blended Intensive Programme (BIP) in Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) for graduate-level exchange students. With its two weeks of study (one in Sweden/one online) and international student group, this BIP promises to be a unique educational experience for 3 ECTS credits.

This course will be coordinated by Prof. Xingxing Zhang, the project coordinator of PED-ACT and professor of Energy and Environmental Technology in School of Information and Engineering in Dalarna University. 

The two-week programme aims to support the capacity-building of students in Master’s and doctoral programmes. The programme will result in the transfer of essential knowledge to relevant stakeholders in the Erasmus+ network who are committed to supporting the development of PEDs and the transformation of cities to carbon-neutral status. This course will take place in the new campus of Dalarna University, which is one of the most modern campuses in Sweden.

This course is jointly developed by researchers from IEA Annex 83 and EU Cost Action CA19126. For more information, please find the link here.

It is recommended to register your interest (for administrative purposes) by 1 March 2024. From 15 March 2024, you can submit your application on

In addition, Dalarna University will pay for the accommodation fees for the first 15 registered students.

Webinar with KOJENTÜRK

Webinar with KOJENTÜRK

We have published our first webinar online!

Bahanur Nasya from the Wonderland Platform for European Architecture, moderated this session on behalf of our project. Our first guest was our stakeholder Turkish Cogeneration Association (KOJENTÜRK).
Yavuz Aydın and Yağmur Bozkurt represented KOJENTÜRK for this webinar. 
We would also like to thank our partners from Karşıyaka Belediyesi, Özlem Şenyol and Yasemin Şentürk.

You can check it out on our YouTube channel!


PED-ACT Team Members join PED-EU-NET Training School in Zurich

PED-ACT Team Members join PED-EU-NET Training School in Zurich

Our dear members of PED-ACT, a diverse group from Austria, Sweden and Türkiye, got the chance to join the 2nd PED-EU-NET Training School titled “Implementing Positive Energy Districts (PED): Learning from Zürich”. This TS is organized by Maria-Beatrice Andreucci, PhD the grant holder of the Cost Action CA1912, and hosted by ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften with local coordinator Matthias Haase at ZKSD Zurich Knowledge Center for Sustainable Development in Zurich.

We would like to thank our members Ghazal EtminanEylem KeskinJuveria Shah, and Moa Mattsson for taking this great incentive towards learning the implementation of the PEDs in Zürich in this knowledge-packed Training School.

We are excited to see our pilot areas becoming lighthouses for energy communities and PEDs with further help from our colleagues!




The PED-ACT project aims to optimize the process iteratively of PED development for enhanced stakeholder cooperation and reinforced decision-making.

The Kick-off meeting was successfully organized on the 6th and 7th Oct Dalarna University in Borlänge. Nearly 18 experts from Austria, Turkey, and Sweden were present to discuss the action plan for the project and its deliverables.

Stakeholder meetings were organized to keep the discussion flow between academic researchers and the requirements of municipalities of different cities. The first workshop was held at the same time with a focus on the Jakobsgårdarna district with fruitful discussion among partners, Borlänge Kommun and Stora Tunabyggen. A big thank you to all the project partners!