Net Zero Energy Districts (NZED) are city districts in which the annual amount of CO2 emissions released minus of emissions removed from the atmosphere tend to zero. NZEDs constitute a major component of a new generation of “smart-green” cities that combine smart city technologies and renewable energy technologies. NZEDs promote environmental sustainability; they contribute to a cleaner environment and can address threats and disasters related to climate change.
The aim of this paper, presented at the conference “The Future of Liveable Cities”, Naples, Italy – 22 November 2021, and at the conference “High-level Talent Development, Technology City Resilience and Greater Bay Area Sustainability International Conference”
Shenzhen, December 3-5, 2021, is to
- assess the feasibility of transition of city districts to NZEDs based on local renewable energy, which would decentralise and strengthen enormously the transition to carbon-neutral cities, and
- identify thresholds, which allow for a housing district to become a self-sufficient NZED, covering all energy needs by locally produced RE.
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