D10.17: Final Report

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The deliverable D10.17: Final Report was submitted by NTNU and ISOCARP in October 2023 with contributions from Trondheim kommune, Limerick City & County Council, Písek, Alba Iulia, Võru, Smolyan, Sestao, UL, R2M, FourC, GKinetic, and ANEO. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable is at the end for download:

“This document is the formal Deliverable for the final report, which is published in the form of a book that gives a high-level overview of project results: How to PED – The +CityxChange Cookbook: Experiences and guidelines on Positive Energy Districts.

It sets a counterpoint to the detailed technical Deliverables of the project and provides a different entry point for a broader audience. Main project Deliverables and other sources are referenced throughout the book to make it easier to navigate them.

The book follows a cookbook metaphor to present selected results of the project and “recipes” that made them happen. Its main components are overall project results and highlights of the achievements of all cities, and then solutions described as concepts and examples from one or more cities.

The solutions or “recipes” are organised into two categories: procedural recipes, which outline the critical processes towards PED development, and structural recipes, which detail the elements supporting the implementation and deployment of PEDs.

The book abstract explains the concept:

“A PED is a process, not a product”

This “How to PED’’ cookbook contains experiences, lessons learned, and recommendations gained throughout the 5 years of the +CityxChange EU Horizon 2020 project, specifically focused on the variety of activities necessary to develop and build Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) in smart sustainable cities and communities. Over the course of the book we will draw on the experiences of our 2 Lighthouse Cities, 5 Follower Cities, and 26 other partners, to demonstrate what it takes to build a PED.

We show the importance of collaboration and co-creation, involving the right people, designing effective pathways for change, deploying strong partnerships and financing, adapting to existing processes or adapting the processes themselves, developing impactful strategies, building new systems and services, and creating new infrastructure in PED projects.

This cookbook represents the processes and results of +CityxChange, where we all contribute with our own recipes & flavours. Just as in real life, recipes often need adjustment to taste. There is no single way to build a PED, so these recipes from our cities provide guidance through the complexities of the journey and share key information that helps initiate and smoothen the processes.”

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