Planning for a sustainable energy transition - the role of urban and regional planning in promoting energy innovations

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This project will identify and in collaboration with regional and municipal actors further develop instruments and tools that give urban and regional planners a more active role in shaping a sustainable energy transition.

Urban and regional planning is one of the most powerful local instruments to shape urban and regional development and create sustainable cities of tomorrow. Yet currently, planning practices hardly have strategies and instruments to assess, adapt to and shape social and environmental consequences of the ongoing rapid technological change in energy and transport and to facilitate sustainable and socially inclusive innovations in these sectors. Examples of emerging innovation fields are self-driving vehicles, the electrification and digitalisation of transport, the radical decentralisation of the energy system and other innovations which might profoundly shape how we live, move and produce in cities of tomorrow.

The project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.

Project duration: September 2019 – September 2022.