A H2020 PROJECT

Coordinated by the CARTIF Foundation, MAKING-CITY is a 60-month Horizon 2020 project launched in December 2018. It aims to address and demonstrate the urban energy system transformation towards smart and low-carbon cities, based on the Positive Energy District (PED) concept.

Today cities have an essential role to play in tackling climate change by significantly reducing their carbon emissions. The PED operational models developed in MAKING-CITY will help European and other cities around the world to adopt a long-term City Vision 2050 for energy transition and sustainable urbanisation whilst turning citizens into actors of this transformation.

The PED concept will be tested and validated in two Lighthouse cities: Groningen (Netherlands) and Oulu (Finland). It will be then replicated in 6 Follower cities: Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Kadiköy (Turkey), León (Spain), Lublin (Poland), Trenčín (Slovakia), and Vidin (Bulgaria).

The technologies selected to be implemented in the project are mature or already on the market. The PED concept appears as a step beyond the current European building regulations by bringing major structural, societal, economical and technological changes in the cities.

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A Positive Energy District (PED)

is “a delimited area of buildings and public spaces where the total annual energy balance is positive. Therefore the area will deliver, in average, an energy surplus to be shared with other urban or peri-urban zones.”

Mature & innovative technologies

have been selected to be part of the PED concept developed in MAKING-CITY: SolaRoads, thermal solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, heat tanks…

MORE THAN 50 TONNES OF CO2

are expected to be saved thanks to the annual energy balance (the energy taken from outside the district minus the energy delivered inside the district) achieved in the two Lighthouse cities where the PED concept will be implemented and validated.

Around 4 358 jobs

are expected to be created (directly and indirectly) in the 8 cities involved in the MAKING-CITY project. The replication of the PED concept in at least 20 other European cities would generate the creation of around 14 500 new jobs.

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MAKING-CITY PARTNERS

The MAKING-CITY consortium brings together expertise from 34 partners: 9 city councils, 5 universities, 4 research centres, 4 clusters and foundations, 4 rental housing administrators, 4 SMEs, 3 energy companies, and one construction firm.

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