Title : Knowledge Integration for Neighbourhoods in Energy Transition led by Inclusive

Acronym : KINETIC

Funding program : JPI – URBAN EUROPE

Topic : PEDs towards climate neutrality: transforming existing urban neighbourhoods

Type of Project  : Applied research and innovation/implementation

Project Code : PED-JPI-KINETIC

Project budget : 979047.86

Lead Applicant  : URBASOFIA

Project duration : 36 months (01.10.2022 – 31.09.2025)

KINETIC is a research project that will develop and test its outputs in the case of three demo sites, located within Bucharest Sector 6, Copenhagen and Parma. The collaboration between the demo sites ensures the validity of the research, in terms of replication in various contexts in the European landscape and beyond. Let’s introduce the three KINETIC demo sites!

The KINETIC project creates an international collaboration of cities and experts for an integrated approach to assessing Positive Energy District (PED) deployment, generating capacity building of local communities towards the co-creation of feasible transformation strategies, with the help of innovative community-oriented tools and planning instruments. The innovative aspect of KINETIC is empowering the local communities as key actors of change. Beating the “green premium” (representing the additional cost of choosing a clean technology over one that emits a greater amount of GHG), is considered possible with the powerful active involvement of local actors, in a transdisciplinary and transgenerational approach.

The KINETIC Consortium holds powerful expertise in topic-related issues, demonstrated through a relevant portfolio of research projects mostly supported and funded by European Commission Programs. The KINETIC team is constituted of multiple actors working trans-disciplinary, in order to cover and tackle all challenges and topics that KINETIC and its high level of research imply. KINETIC is composed of multiple ranges of experts in urban planning, sustainable environmental development, energy transition, quality of living and all sub-topics enrolled in it (smart cities, citizen participation, scientist analysis, etc.)

URBASOFIA – focuses on urban planning perspectives and urban communities-related challenges, with regards to methodologies, tools, co-creation process organisation and stakeholders engagement. See their website!

EURAC – is an applied research centre with 11 institutes organised into 4 main areas of research: Technologies, Autonomies, Mountains, and Health. See their website!

Aalborg University – up for cooperation with businesses, organizations, and institutions within teaching and as well in the domain of research. See their website! l

Palermo University – is involved in several research networks and institutions, one of its main focuses is environmental sustainability. See their website!

CNR – Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche – the largest Italian public research body will be involved in KINETIC with their Department of Engineering, ICT and Technologies for Energy and Transport (DIITET) and will play a key role in the research part of the project. See their website!

The project will be implemented in 3 demo sites: Bucharest Sector 6, City of Copenhagen, Parma Municipality.

ISOCARP Institute – research institute under the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) specialised in research communication, citizen engagement, urban advocacy and professional training.