From 27-30 October 2020, the Sustainable Places conference took place as a digital event.

ATELIER participated in the “Smart Cities and Communities Positive Energy Districts Workshop”.

Given that roughly 75% of Europe’s population lives in cities the EU’s urban areas are important contributors to the EU’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, which have a huge impact on climate change. A smart city is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and business. A smart city goes beyond the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for better resource use and less emissions. It means smarter urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities and more efficient ways to light and heat buildings.

This workshop aimed at presenting and discussing different tools and approaches of how to improve the collaboration between the different people, businesses and organisations in a smart city community when deploying innovative energy concepts like Positive Energy Districts. Also discussed was the question of how to take into account secondary benefits against pay-back times of interventions, for public authorities or for economic actors.

Participating projects : MAKING-CITY (H2020), +CityxChange (H2020), POCITYF (H2020), ENERGE (Interreg NWE), MATCHUP (H2020), ATELIER (H2020)

Chair of the workshopEmilio Miguel Mitre, GBCe (Green Building Council Espana), MAKING-CITY project


A recording of the event as well as PDF versions of the presentations can be accessed via the link below.