The Task is currently open for participation!
The next opportunity for participation is during the 2nd Task Development Workshop in Brussels on 10th April 2024
(-> invitation Link)
The need for decarbonisation at every level of society is evident, as is the crucial role of the built environment in municipalities, due to existing instruments and the different sectors involved. Recent developments such as Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) have taken up this trend and researched definitions and deployment methods for these innovative developments. The roots of this development can be tracked to net zero energy buildings, but even though the goal of net zero GHG emissions is commonly stated – much like with a positive energy balance – it remains unclear, how this should be defined and interpreted in practice to quantifiably contribute to municipal and national climate neutrality goals. It has become apparent that there is a distinct need for allocation and accounting methods that enable context-specific, yet verifiably sufficient goals for the energy balances and GHG balances of buildings, districts and municipalities to plan and quantify contributions to national decarbonisation efforts. It is of utmost importance that the developed and negotiated goals at neighborhood and building level must be shared by owners, users and urban developers in a way that measures can be taken. Districts in particular are a pivotal point of this development because they allow a holistic perspective including mobility and other services that cannot be addressed at the building level. It is also a suitable level for municipal intervention and planning, although previous research on PEDs has shown distinct gaps in suitable instruments and processes.
The goal of the “Climate Neutral District” Task is to connect climate-neutrality research from building and district level to city level.
It aims to support cities in the challenge of implementing climate-neutral districts in practice by identifying barriers and by providing suitable solutions in the form of tools, methods and guidelines for district planning and implementation.
The Task aims to provide a holistic perspective on the issue of climate-neutral district development from technical perspectives (investigating the role of technologies and networks, etc.) as well as from a process and practical perspective on suitable city instruments.
The Task aims to collect these findings and to include them in a comprehensive catalogue of examples and categories.
Even though climate-neutral cities are currently being worked on, there is little research on how the climate neutrality of cities is connected to that of buildings and districts. It is still unclear how to define concrete targets and how to comply with supra-municipal, i.e. national and global climate neutrality goals and how to take the local context and potentials of districts and their surroundings into account.
The task plans to take up and connect to work from previous tasks such as the Annex 83 on “Positive Energy Districts” and climate-neutral cities (CNC).
On 19th October 2023 an online Kick-off meeting for researchers and experts in the field of decarbonising the built environment, climate neutrality, positive energy districts and related areas interested in international collaboration and knowledge exchange was held. Link: Workshop October 2023 Results (online).
On 10th of April 2024, A second workshop will be held in Brussels to
- Establish core team for Task development and execution
- Define Subtask leaders, activities, and deliverables,
- Discuss and Plan funding opportunities (e.g. joint DUT project)
- Decide on proposed starting year (Autumn 2024 or 2025)
The Task is planned to be submitted by Summer 2024 and to officially start during the Autumn of 2024.
Work Plan (Preliminary version 1/2024)
Subtask A: Definition and Dissemination of Climate Neutral Districts
Subtask B: Implementation of Climate Neutral Districts in Cities
Subtask C: Examples and Categories of Climate Neutral Districts
Subtask D: Impact Assessment
The Activities and Deliverables are currently being developed.
The next opportunity for participation is @ the 2nd Preparatory Workshop on 10th April 2024 in Brussels. For more information about the preparing workshop see [link].
Task preparation and planning
Workshop on 10th April (Register here)
Time period (planned)
2024-2027: Working period
Operating Agent & Contact person
Participating countries (planned)
Open for participation