Positive Energy District (PED) is important for city development. PED-ACT focuses on process optimization for enhanced stakeholder cooperation and reinforced decision-making. PED-ACT contribute to the standardisation of the database of existing PEDs (planned, designed or implemented) with a focus on Sweden, Turkey and Austria. PED-ACT further learns from the database and creates digital PED references by mapping stakeholders’ needs and priorities in the cities of Borlänge (Sweden), Umeå (Sweden), Ankara (Turkey), Karsiyaka (Turkey) and Schönbüchel-Aggsbach in the county of Lower Austria (Austria). PED-ACT pursues bilateral learning and co-design strategies among different cities for wide replication of PEDs towards ‘climateneutrality and smart cities’ goals.

The project aims to optimise the PED process (design, demonstration, and dissemination) iteratively, by characterising existing PEDs automatically to generate digital references for feasibility study, through improved common database development, co-learning/co-creation and replication modelling. The four specific objectives are described as the following, in response to the four research questions. 

O1. To contribute to the standardisation of the PED common database for information integration;
O2. To investigate co-design matrix for multi-criteria characterization of PEDs and generate digital references;
O3. To enhance co-learning and co-creation strategies with an iterative process;
O4. To propose a replication plan for PEDs to contribute to a climate-neutral city.