City Labs as positive engines for energy transition


As an answer to the high energy prices and significant inflation across Europe. The European Commission is promoting initiatives to reduce increase energy savings and the share of renewable energy to reduce the energy bills of citizens.

Recent EU legislative changes have facilitated collective investments in renewable energy through frameworks like self-consumption and energy communities. This has led to the rise of renewable energy communities across the EU. The oPEN Lab project aims to establish Positive Energy Neighbourhoods (PEN) in Genk, Pamplona, and Tartu, promoting energy-efficient urban areas with net-zero greenhouse emissions. In this ENoLL session, we’ll discuss the role of PENs and energy communities in city energy transitions.

Target audience

The event is designed for city representatives, (social science) researchers, Living Lab practitioners, company representatives, and citizens interested in learning about positive energy neighbourhoods and energy communities.

Event objectives

• Strengthen the understanding of the use of energy communities as drivers for energy transition
• Share best practices and case studies of energy communities in Living Labs
• Empower dialogue to identify drivers and barriers for the adoption of energy communities

Session Details




10.00 – 10.05h

Welcome & Introduction

Koen Vervoort (ENoLL)

10.05 – 10.15h

The oPEN Lab project and PENs

Maarten De Groote (VITO)

10.15 – 10.25h

Best practices & barriers from the Genk oPEN LL

Pieter Bosmans (VITO)/ Tanja Croci (City of Genk)

10.25 – 10.35h

Best practices & barriers from the Pamplona oPEN LL

Luis Torres (AHA)

10.35 – 10.45h

Best practices & barriers from the Tartu oPEN LL

Merit Tatar (IBS)

10.45 – 11.00h

Best practices & barriers from LifeBeckon Copenhagen

Eik Buhl Petterson (City of Copenhagen)

11.00 – 11.15h

RESCoop: a European network of Energy Community Cooperatives

Sara Tachelet – RESCoop

11.15 – 11.45h

Open discussion on barriers & drivers for energy transition and how can energy communities be used to drive systemic change

Moderation: Koen Vervoort

11.45 – 11.55h

The ENoLL working group on Energy & Environment

Valentino Piana (HES-SO)

11.55 – 12.00h

Conclusions and next steps

Koen Vervoort

Speakers / Your Trainers

The session will be moderated by:

• Koen Vervoort – Senior Stakeholder Strategist ENoLL

Following speakers are in the pipeline:

• Maarten De Groote – Project Coordinator oPEN Lab
• Pieter Bosmans – VITO
• Leyre Iriarte – City of Pamplona
• Kaspar Alev – City of Tartu / Merit Tatar – IBS
• Eik Buhl Petterson – Roskilde University (Life Beckon)
• Sara Tachelet – RESCoop
• Valentino Piana – HES-SO

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