TRACK 09: Energy and Space as Resources / Limits for Planning Decisions


Track schedule

July 14, 2015
Session 1: room: 202
Chairperson: Fischer Thomas, Cotella Giancarlo  
A planning decision support tool for small and medium wind turbines in Flanders Van Ackere Samuel (Belgium)
Addressing the environmental complexity in the French planning system: how to cope with the climate challenge? Perrin Mathieu (France)
Planning for energy independence: Do we need a better approach? Bright Elise (USA)
Landscape as a resource in energy planning Roth Michael (Germany)


Session 2: room: 202
Chairperson: Fischer Thomas, Cotella Giancarlo  
From urban sprawl to land consolidation in the suburban Shanghai: a perspective of property rights reconfiguration Xiao Yang, Tian Li (China)
Community energy enterprises in a polycentric society: new devices for local energy system Tricarico Luca (Italy)
Energy transitionin urban China: implementation barriers to a sustainable energy system Wu Jing (The Netherlands)
Solar heat strategies for Vienna: identifying regions with highly reliable and affordable potential Fritz Sara, Forster Julia (Austria)


Session 3: room: 202
Chairperson: Fischer Thomas, Cotella Giancarlo  
Urban structure and energy efficiency Große Juliane (Denmark)
Decentralized housing, decentralized energy-networks: an obvious match? Tummers Lidewij (The Netherlands)
Smart energy cities: a decision supporting methodology to overcome barriers to implementation of smart and sustainable energy solutions in urban districts Mosannenzdeh Farnaz (Italy)
Energy efficiency policy and action for multi-family residential building renovation in Central and Eastern Europe: the tale of four cities Turcu Catalina (UK)
July 15, 2015
Session 4: room: 202
Chairperson: Fischer Thomas, Cotella Giancarlo  
Unpacking the governance of energy transition. A conceptual framework Valkenburg Govert (The Netherlands)
The day after tomorrow: transition management, spatial planning and the low carbon economy Ellis Geraint (UK)
Energy security scenarios of future Europe. Assessing the impacts of societal processes Cassen Christophe (France)
Monitoring the progress towards energy efficient cities - performance of Danish municipalities Fertner Christian (Denmark)


Session 5: room: 202
Chairperson: Fischer Thomas, Cotella Giancarlo  
Renewable energy resources and local potential for a real “sustainable” development: a multi-criteria decision process. Case studies from TER.R.E. project Gissi Elena (Italy)
The ideal of sustainability in planning: a study on consumption factor related to the green economy Akbulut Ayse (Turkey)
Interactions between space, mobility and energy: from a conceptual framework to an integrated research agenda Papa Enrica (Belgium)



Track description

Co-chairs: Thomas B. Fischer, Giancarlo Cotella

With rising fossil fuel prices and growing concerns about their wider environmental and social impacts, there is great interest in sustainable energy solutions. Communities need reliable and affordable, as well as environmentally and socially sustainable energy. Whilst there are many ways for reducing the need for energy, demand is unlikely to reduce dramatically in the near future. With regards to sustainable energy supply, there are a number of renewable energy options, many of which are already implemented widely (i.e. hydro, wind and solar), whilst others are still being experimented with (e.g. tidal). However, whilst these renewable options are able to deliver comparatively clean energy, there are other problems, in particular with regards to an extensive spatial footprint with associated impacts , in a context of definite space and often fuzzy responsibility, for both, space and energy provision.

In this light, the integration of energy efficiency strategies into the planning process constitutes a challenge for policy and decision-makers active at the various territorial level. There are particular problems due to European and globally uneven geographies of energy security and energy economics. These have various negative implications on the development of policies and strategies for e.g. low carbon societies. We invite papers to this track that explore challenges and constraints, as well as solutions in support of sustainable energy solutions further.