Project "RESPONSE" to develop "Positive Energy Neighborhoods"

RESPONSE is a project subsidized by the European Commission through the "Smart Cities and Communities" call for projects, which is part of the Horizon 2020 program, the European framework program for research and innovation 2014-2020.

The project aims to develop and test innovative and integrated solutions to contribute to the deployment of "positive energy districts" in Europe by 2050. For the City of Brussels, a "positive energy district” is a sustainable neighbourhood with a rich biodiversity and producing more energy than it consumes.
Projects which follow this approach must consider, among other things, the interaction and integration between buildings, users and the energy system as a whole, as well as the interactions with electromobility.

In Brussels, the Northern District has been selected to become the first positive energy district in the Brussels-Capital Region. To achieve this objective, the City of Brussels will collaborate in particular with the association Up4North, which is also a partner in the European project, and all the other stakeholders in the district.

The RESPONSE project lasts 5 years (starting in October 2020) and enables the cities involved, in particular the Lighthouse cities of Dijon (FR) and Turku (FI) and their partner cities Brussels (BE), Zaragoza (ES), Botosani (RO), Ptolemaida (GR), Gabrovo (BG) and Severodonetsk (UA), to facilitate the development of positive energy districts.

To increase the impact of the project beyond its demonstration phase, each city must develop a bold city-vision for 2050 covering urban planning, technical, financial and social aspects. Each "vision" must be accompanied by an operational guide that includes the phases of planning, implementation and replication of solutions.

The RESPONSE project consortium is led by the European Institute for Energy (EIFER) in Germany, technically supported by Hellas Research and Technology Centre, CERTH, Greece, and includes a total of 53 partners.

Further information: https://h2020response.eu/