Towards Energy Citizenship for a just and inclusive transition: lessons learned on collaborative approach of Positive Energy Districts from the EU Horizon2020 Smart Cities and Communities projects


Authors: Rosamaria Olivadese (TNO), Beril Alpagut (Demir Enerji), Beatrix Pineda Revilla (AUAS), Jeroen Brouwer (TNO), Vasiliki Georgiadou (TNO), Alexander Woestenburg (TNO), Mark van Wees (AUAS)

Journal: MDPI Proceedings

Status: currently being reviewed

Publication date: coming soon



To achieve the “well below 2 degrees” targets a new ecosystem needs to be defined where citizens become more active, co-managing with relevant stakeholders, the government and third parties. This means moving from the traditional concept of citizens-as-consumers towards energy citizenship. Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) will be the test-bed area where this transformation will take place through social, technological, and governance innovation. This paper focuses on benefits and barriers towards energy citizenships and gathers a diverse set of experiences for the definition of PEDs and Local Energy Markets from the Horizon2020 Smart Cities and Communities projects: MAKING-CITYPocityf, and ATELIER.