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Urban Europe – Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for Climate Neutrality – 2021

Joint Programming Initiative - Urban Europe to strengthen European research and innovation in the field of urban development 2010

7,85 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy
Regions Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union

Eligible countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Turkey.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To develop feasible implementation strategies for Positive Energy Districts (PED) in existing, potentially historical, urban neighbourhoods;
  • To identificate and characterise PEDs as key contributors to the goal of the Horizon Europe Mission on Climate-neutral and Smart Cities to create 100 climate-neutral cities by 2030;
  • To establish necessary conditions for successful dissemination and replication of PEDs beyond this project;
  • To integrate PED strategies in related policy areas, including mobility and climate adaptation;
  • To develop strategies for the implementation of PEDs in government, business and the public;
  • To reinforce decision-making processes both inside and outside local government;
  • To establish and maintain broad support within government, business and the public at large for realising PEDs;
  • To safeguard circularity aspects and life-cycle-principles in business models and the regional energy system while respecting (natural) system boundaries and considering public interest.


  • Priority 1: PED towards climate neutrality: transforming existing urban neighbourhoods:
    • integration of PEDs in strategies for urban retrofitting, sustainable mobility and climate change adaptation;
    • tackling complex ownership structures and public participation by involving and incentivising grassroots initiatives and energy communities;
    • adapting the regulatory framework by defining incentives and creating opportunities;
    • develop design strategies for buildings and public spaces integrating PED infrastructure.
  • Priority 2: Making PEDs happen – process innovation and business models:
    • design processes for mainstreaming PED in urban planning;
    • design, demonstrate and disseminate processes for key stakeholders and public-private cooperation towards PED implementation in cities;
    • feasible and sustainable business models.

Among financed activities

  • Applied research;
  • Innovation / implementation.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: up to 3 years starting between July and Octobre 2022.


  • Be established in one of the eligible countries;
  • Consortium must include:
    • at least two eligible applicants from at least two of the different countries participating in the call;
    • at least one city, municipality or entity providing key urban services.
  • Amount of the grant: 7,85 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 85% of the total eligible costs

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