ATELIER - Positive Energy Districts

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ATELIER is an EU funded project about AmsTErdam and BiLbao cItizen drivEn smaRt cities, aiming to create and replicate Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) within eight European cities. ATELIER showcases innovative solutions that integrate buildings with smart mobility and technologies to create rather than consume energy in its two Lighthouse Cities Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Bilbao (Spain). The Fellow Cities of ATELIER, Bratislava (Slovak Republic), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Krakow (Poland), Matosinhos (Portugal), and Riga (Latvia), will replicate and adapt the successfully implemented solutions and thus serve as testbeds for future smart cities. Overall, ATELIER will thus generate an energy surplus of 1340 MWh of primary energy and save 1,7 kt of CO2 and 23 t of NOx-emissions.
To achieve successful implementations of energy saving measures, ATELIER puts citizens at the centre of all its activities: residents (<9000), local initiatives and energy communities will be included in decision-making processes and activities and will be strongly engaged in the development of the technical solutions throughout the project. Citizens will be involved in the Innovation Ateliers to create a maximum impact for the PEDs.
30 partners from 11 countries are working in 10 work packages.

Learn more about ATELIER at its public website ( or via the ATELIER Twitter and LinkedIn channels. Sign up here (link follows) for the ATELIER newsletter. Follow the project virtually and don’t miss an opportunity to come talk to its partners at events to learn more about how ATELIER will improve the life of its citizens and the liveability in its cities!

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What is the goal of the project?

ATELIER aims to create and replicate Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) within eight European cities. Amsterdam is one of the two Lighthouse Cities in the project.

What is the result of the project?

The key ambition of ATELIER remains the creation of Positive Energy Districts with a strong and proactive involvement of citizens to increase their energy awareness and to invite them to more energy efficient behaviour. With different activities, the project partners of ATELIER aim to empower their citizens, supporting them to play an active role in the energy system as a prosumer by consuming but also producing energy at the same time.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

In ATELIER, 30 partners from 11 countries are working together to create and replicate Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) within eight European cities.
The following partners are part of the local Amsterdam consortium: City of Amsterdam, TNO, waag, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Spectral, Republica, EdwinOostmeijer, AMS Institute, waternet, DNV and Greenchoice.

What is the next step?

One of the key next steps will be finalising the implementation of the PEDs in the two Lighthouse Cities Amsterdam and Bilbao. Following that, the involved buildings will be evaluated in order to assess the final impact of the project.

What can other cities learn from your project?

  1. ATELIER enablers of PED concept replication and upscaling:
    a. The creation of the Innovation Ateliers to coordinate city council departments, integrate strategies and engage stakeholders from the PED innovation ecosystem.
    b. The definition of a new governance model structure to ensure the alignment of the PED replication and upscaling strategy with energy transition planning in the Bold City Vision.
    c. The definition of a strong citizen engagement strategy to ensure that the design and implementation of PEDs as part of the energy transition should be participative and citizen-driven.
    d. The deployment of a continuous capacity building strategy.

  2. ATELIER decision supporting tools, methods and guidelines:
    a. An easy-to-use tool for PED technologies pre-selection
    b. A step-by-step methodology for PED calculation
    c. A catalogue of replicable smart urban solutions validated in the Lighthouse cities
    d. A set of guidelines for a PED Upscaling and replication strategy definition