14 Oct 2021 — The municipality of Granada presented the POCITYF project in the "I Foro Urbano de España" on the 5th of October
Granada was invited to participate in a session organised by the Marking City project to discuss about Positive Energy Districts (PEDs).
Some of the key outcomes of the session are:
- Reducing emissions through awareness costs 2/5 less rather than investing in infrastructure.
- The Urban Agenda provides a strategic vision of the city taking into account all agents, including civil society.
- We have to channel the enormous amount of data that citizens give us. The balance between the needs of citizens and the information available to cities is essential.
- Cities must be havens of sustainability, of well-being for all citizens. If we leave someone behind, we will have failed.
- The PED is a long-term objective with which to move forward, although it is not achievable in all neighborhoods. In some neighborhoods we can cover up to 80% of the electricity demand.
- In the medium term, all cities are going to compete in CO2 emissions, which is not only an ecological value but is already being economical.
- At a technological level, solutions exist. We can reach PED and beyond, but the challenges are awareness-raising and financial.
- It is possible to achieve PED, not in all cases because some specific urban characteristics are required, such as the mix of uses.
- In cities like Groningen the society itself demands for the energy transition; in others like Oulu it is the city council that, although slower, manages to convince its neighbors.
- The urban energy transition is a matter of collaboration. To solve everything in a district, very hard edges are generated; It is necessary to establish a collaboration between neighborhoods to move towards the decarbonization of our cities.
Discover more about the “I Foro Urbano de España” event.