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As part of the European Week of Regions and Cities held in Brussels from 9 to 12 October, RESPONSE partners organised a workshop to discuss the project’s contribution to a fair energy transition.

The energy transition should be reachable for everyone. Most Positive Energy Districts are implemented in new or recent neighbourhoods, where the population is rather well off and already aware of climate change. However, in the H2020 RESPONSE project, the cities of Turku and Dijon are setting up major collective self-consumption operations in areas where people with specific challenges live: a deprived city district in Dijon and a student village in Turku.

The session highlighted the experience of Dijon and Turku with citizen engagement and empowerment. With the participation of Georg Houben, to establish the link between the European Commission’s strategy on these issues and its practical application at local level, through SCCs projects. With the participation of Georg Houben, it was also an opportunity to talk about Europe’s support for the local climate transition, through its funding programmes, the SCCs community and many other initiatives! 

Title of the session: Just and local energy transition: how to create Positive Energy Districts for everyone?


  • Jean-Baptiste Clervil—Decoeur (Project manager, Dijon metropole) 
  • Zahra Jahanshah Rad (University of Turku) 
  • Georg Houben (European Commission – DG ENER) 


  • Miia Paananen (Turku-Southwest Finland European Office

The event was an opportunity for disseminating the lessons learned from RESPONSE resident engagement activities and reflection with the European Commission representative for future funding and scaling-up opportunities.  

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