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Five hard questions and the need for capacity building

Atelier: Positive Energy Districts

3 Mar 2022 12:56

In the Atelier project, Amsterdam and Bilbao are building Positive Energy Districts: urban districts that create more energy than they consume and do it in a CO2 neutral way. Six other European cities (Bratislava, Budapest, Copenhagen, Krakow, Matosinhos, and Riga) joined the project as fellow cities, also creating PEDs but in a somewhat later stage, building on the experiences of Bilbao and Amsterdam. Here are five hard questions to give an impression on what kind of knowledge and expertise is needed.

To help the cities realise their PEDs, Atelier includes a capacity building programme, in which professionals in the partner cities can learn from each other and experts how to make their ambitions come true. Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is one of the partners to design the training, learning, and coaching activities.

Read the full blog with the five hard questions which give an impression on what kind of knowledge and expertise is needed, written by Willem van Winden, professor of Urban Economic Innovation at AUAS.