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Special - Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities in All Landscapes Town and Country Planning Association European Union

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3.1 Town and spatial planning – formal & informal instruments


Within the spatial planning frameworks and non-spatial planning sectors, there are integrated strategies, tools and instruments which spatial planners can employ to deliver sustainable energy action. These strategic documents can be both statutory as required by law or non statutory as good practice adopted by municipalities. Similarly within the energy sector, there are also tools and mechanisms in order of planning, promotion and assessment of energy development and deployment. Both formal as well as informal integrated activities are described. The challenge and opportunity for partners throughout SPECIAL is to integrate these strategies, instruments and tools with the aim to achieve a step improvement in sustainable energy planning through the spatial planning frameworks. 

In this sub-module different integrated strategies, instruments and tools will be described in form of good practise modules. On local level there exists different names for such strategies. It can be, that the same procedure owns different names in the partner countries. Good practise examples for integrated strategies, instruments and tools are:

1. Integrated development plan (Hungary)

2. Local Authority Renewable Energy Strategy (LARES) (Ireland)

3. Urban Development Strategy (Italy)

4. Integrated Energy Service for Energy Efficiency (IESEE) (Italy)


But also some other integrated strategies, instruments and tools are described in extra sub-modules to highlight them - like specific mechanisms as regional plans, municipality climate protection concepts, energy masterplans.

Related good Practice Examples:

STEP - Urban Development Plan 2015 in Vienna


Integrated Urban Development Strategies / Concepts (INSEK):