Who are we ?

We are a multidisciplinary and international team working on this 3 years project co-funded by JPI Urban Europe.

Citizens4PED project is led by Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium) involving 11 co-applicants partners, 4 co-operation partners and 4 Living Labs from Belgium, Austria and Italy.


Université Libre de Bruxelles (IGEAT)

Belgium – Co-applicant

The Institute for Environmental Management and Spatial Planning (IGEAT) at ULB is conducting interdisciplinary applied and fundamental research in the fields of environment, territorial development and tourism. The IGEAT deals with their themes through a strong interweaving of human and social sciences on the one hand and natural sciences on the other, in an interdisciplinary and systemic way. The particularity of IGEAT 35 lies in the grouping of themes that cross environmental and social issues.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (FLOW)

Belgium – Co-applicant

The FLOW research group at the VUB is specialized in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and energy. It is part of the Department of Applied Mechanics (MECH).

Its research activities are focused on fluid and thermal systems, and covers various applications in the fields of energy and aerospace.

In 2021, the FLOW group joined forces with the Aero-Thermo-Mechanics (ATM) group at ULB, which has similar activities, to form a new joint research group, BRITE: Brussels Institute for Thermal-fluid systems and clean Energy.


Belgium – Co-applicant

Resolia is a group of multidisciplinary experts specialised in thermal network engineering. We have a global vision of each project. Not only do we take into account all the technical aspects, but also the economic, social, environmental and legal ones.

Resolia’s core mission is to facilitate the deployment of resilient, affordable, efficient and sustainable thermal energy networks.


Belgium – Co-applicant

Anderlecht is one of the 19 municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region. It has more than 120,000 inhabitants and is home to the « La Roue » district, which is one of the living labs of this project.

Bruxelles environnement

Belgium – Co-applicant

Created in 1989, Brussels Environment is the administration for the environment and energy in the Brussels-Capital Region. Its areas of activity cover the environment in the broadest sense, including the fight against climate change, the coordination of energy markets and the production of renewable energy.



Austria – Co-applicant

Arteria Technologies develops software to digitize decentralized energy systems with the purpose on efficient planning and operation. It is based on digital twin technology and is able to simulate even the most complex systems fast and in high precision.

FH Technikum Wien – University of Applied Science

Austria – Co-applicant

The Renewable Energy team works with several PEDs from energy engineering and social perspectives.

UAS Technikum Wien has successfully carried out numerous research projects in the fields of positive energy districts implementation, user participation and development of suitable definition and assessment frameworks as well as regional energy communities in the last years. Main expertise is the analysis and development of suitable frameworks of climate-neutrality in the built environment as well as design, modelling, simulation and assessment of climate-neutral buildings and districts energy systems.


Austria – Co-applicant

e7 is a private research and consulting organisation working in the fields of energy efficiency, energy efficiency services and energy economics. The focus of e7 lies on specific questions and challenges connected with energy efficiency, use of RES and climate protection.


Austria – Co-applicant

Realitylab has been designing and accompanying social processes in housing and urban development for over 20 years. The focus is on neighbourhood building and the meaningful use of community facilities and shared
resources in subsidised housing.


Austria – Co-operation partner

The Association for the Promotion of climate-neutral Kahlenbergerdorf is a non-governmental non-profit organisation of and for inhabitants of the district Kahlenbergerdorf, as part of the City of Vienna. This association is the institution to support the transition of existing mainly gas-based heating system to a zero-carbon energy system.



Italy – Co-applicant

The Polytechnic University of Bari is an Italian public University offering scientific and technological programmes in Engineering and Architecture.


Italy – Co-applicant

The Municipality of Bari is an Italian local authority. With a population of 320.000 inhabitants, it is the Capital City of the Apulia Region and the 3rd largest city of Southern Italy. The city has a consolidated expertise in the management of European and International funded programmes and belongs to several international networks like URBACT, Eurocities, Interreg, Erasmus.

ARCA Puglia Centrale

Italy – Co-operation partner

ARCA Puglia Centrale (Regional Body for social housing for the Central Apulia) was created in 2014 by a Regional Law of the Apulia Region as a non-profit regional body for the construction and management of social housing and for the implementation of housing policies.

Italian Standards Body (UNI)

Italy – Co-operation partner

UNI, the Italian Organization for Standardization, is a private non-profit organization founded in 1921 and
recognized by the State and the European Union, to study, develop, approve and publish technical standards in all sectors of industrial, commercial and service sectors (except in the electrical and electrotechnical ones). The aim of UNI is to develop reference standards to support and improve economic growth, social progress, environmental protection, quality improvement and the enhancement of innovation.

Ricerca Sistema Energetico (RSE)

Italy – Co-operation partner

Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico – RSE SpA is a state-owned corporation belonging to the GSE Group, the system of agencies in charge of energy services in Italy. Its mission is to perform public interest R&D programs to address the national energy, environmental and economic goals, with an open view to the EU research initiatives.