Source: Making PEDs. All rights reserved

Source: Making PEDs. All rights reserved.

The LOCALISED partner, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), is leading the “Making PEDs” project, an international initiative aimed at creating Digital Twins as a decision support tool for cities transitioning towards climate neutrality. Over the next 2 ½ years, IREC, along with 10 partners from four European countries, will work on this ambitious project designed to foster the active regeneration of urban areas in Linz (Austria), Civitavecchia-Rome (Italy) and Bærum (Norway).

Making cities sustainable is a multifaceted challenge, involving complex interlinked issues such as materials, technology, real estate business models, mobility, and energy. Additionally, social aspects are becoming increasingly significant, with co-creation and participatory approaches adding a human dimension to urban transformation projects.

The Making PEDs project will explore and test the application of 3D visualization and simulation tools—Digital Twins—as crucial instruments to manage complexity and support urban decision-making while engaging citizens in the regeneration of urban districts. “The project will not only research and plan climate neutral PEDs (Positive Energy Districts), but more importantly facilitate this transition by providing Digital Twins as a decision support tool”, says Jaume Salom of the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) and manager of the project. “While we look at the assessment of energy districts and how citizens impact the energy equation, a critical part will be to develop reliable predictions for business models in the large-scale energy retrofitting of buildings”, Mr. Salom adds.

IREC is the coordinator of Making PEDs, overseeing the development and integration of PED calculation methodologies from a holistic life-cycle assessment perspective. The developed digital twins and models will be tested and refined to support decision-making processes for the regeneration of the target districts aiming for climate neutrality in Linz, Civitavecchia-Rome and Bærum.

Making PEDs – Key information

Making PEDs is an international project under the Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) program, coordinated by IREC and set to commence in November 2023. The project was prominently featured at the DUT projects kick-off event held in Brussels on 11-12 April 2024. The event brought together all projects funded in the DUT Call 2022 and representatives from involved national funding agencies, giving the opportunity to meet and establish a strong community.
Partner cities include Linz (Austria), Civitavecchia-Rome (Italy) and Bærum (Norway). The expert partners in the Making PEDs consortium are IREC (Spain), ATER Civitavecchia (Italy), AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria), CICLICA (Spain), NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), R2M Solution (Italy), Università Degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy), and Urban Future (Austria).