SPECIAL is funded by Intelligent Energy Europe and is an exciting partnership between eight Town Planning Associations (TPAs) across Europe
It will run for three years with a focus on spatial planning for the deployment of local energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.
A European partnership – building the capacity of Town Planning Associations to plan and deliver sustainable energy solutions
Spatial planning has a key role to play in creating urban environments that support less energy-intense lifestyles and communities. Spatial planning and urban planners have a pivotal role in developing energy strategies and actions plans, and the SPECIAL project has been set up to help bridge the gap between climate change /energy action planning and spatial and urban planning.
SPECIAL is funded by Intelligent Energy Europe and is an exciting partnership between eight Town Planning Associations (TPAs) across Europe. It will run for three years, with a focus on spatial planning for the deployment of local energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.TheTown and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is the lead partner, with partner planning associations in Sweden, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, Greece, Germany and Austria.
The project has been set up to help theTPAs of the partner countries meet the EU’s challenging energy and climate change targets for 2020. It has a number of objectives on exchanging best practice and experience, promoting integrated renewable energy strategies, and building the capacity of the partner planning associations in the planning and delivery of renewable energy solutions. Most importantly, the partners must then share that learning through their professional networks and maximise the dissemination of their training to others, in a multiplier effect.
At the heart of the SPECIAL project is a focus on training and capacity building and the cascading of that knowledge through the professional networks of each partner to reach practising planners at the local level.
The SPECIAL project utilises several different approaches to building the capacity of the profession in the planning and delivering of sustainable energy solutions. These include:
To build the capacity of partner Town Planning Associations (TPAs), or their equivalent, to integrate sustainable energy solutions into spatial planning training, practice and delivery.
To foster the exchange of experience and competence-building among national and regional TPAs, to demonstrate the integration of sustainable energy into spatial planning strategies at local and regional levels.
To stimulate the improved energy- related competence of town planners working within local authorities, leading to good practice examples of integrated spatial planning strategies for low-carbon towns and regions.