IREC is a representative of the Positive Energy Districts European Network

  • Smart energy management

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks. It is an intergovernmental framework consisting of 38 Members, 1 Cooperating Member and 1 Partner Member.

Paolo Civiero from IREC participates in the Cost Action PED-EU-NET on “Positive Energy Districts European Network” as member of the Management Committee for Spain, and Vice leader of WG1 PED Mapping, Characterization and Learning focused on creating a common knowledge pool on the state-of-the-art development in PEDs, devise methods to characterise PEDs and recommend best practices for PED implementation.

COST provides networking opportunities for researchers and innovators in order to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges. COST Actions are bottom-up networks with a duration of four years that boost research, innovation and careers.

Europe is set to be a global role model in energy transition. It has made significant progress in building level innovations and is now stepping up efforts towards city-wide transformation with the pioneering concept of Positive Energy Districts (PEDs). The EU’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) has set out a vision to create 100 PEDs in Europe by 2025. The concept of PEDs is emerging and the knowledge and skills needed for the planning and designing, implementation and monitoring, as well as replication and mainstreaming of PEDs are yet to be advanced.

This COST Action will drive the deployment of PEDs by harmonising, sharing and disseminating knowledge and breakthroughs on PEDs across different stakeholders, domains and sectors at the national and European level. It will establish a PED innovation ecosystem to facilitate open sharing of knowledge, exchange of ideas, pooling of resources, experimentation of new methods and co-creation of novel solutions across Europe. Additionally, this COST Action will support the capacity building of new generation PED professionals, Early Career Investigators as well as experienced practitioners. It will mobilise the relevant actors from and across Europe to collectively contribute to the long-term climate neutral goal.

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