Dilemmas in energy efficient urban planning in three Nordic cities

As a first synthesis of some of the PLEEC material produced in our work package on urban planning and energy, two  colleagues of mine, Juliane Große and Niels Boje Groth, and I prepared a poster for the IARU Sustainability Science Congress held here in Copenhagen two weeks ago. Based on three case studies – Eskilstuna in Sweden, Turku in Finland and Tartu in Estonia we discuss three dilemmas, which are not necessarily related to energy issues only:

  • The difference between policies having an effect on the energy efficiency (1) within the municipal concern (the services and territories the muncipality has direct influence over) and (2) outside of that in a large perspecitive including e.g. regional commuting
  • The fragmentation and limitation of planning competences due to the confinement of municipal boundaries to the central built-up area only (e.g. Tartu) or even splitting the built-up area
  • Out of the latter, municipalities which are co-operating on energy services (e.g. waste management and district heating) but have difficulties to align their urban development with it because they are in competition for citizens and investment

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~ by landblend on 03/11/2014.

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