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Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities In All Landscapes (SPECIAL)

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The SPECIAL project aims to foster the exchange of experiences and competence building amongst national and regional town planning associations and organisations with the aim to demonstrate the integration of sustainable energy aspects into spatial planning strategies at local and regional levels. The project stimulates the improved energy related competence of town planners working within public authorities leading to good practice examples on integrated spatial planning strategies for low carbon towns and regions. To achieve this, the partners organise training programmes, workshops, study visits not only to improve the competence of their own planning organisations but also of ‘multiplier networks’ that represent town planners. The ‘multiplier networks’ will have their own capacity improved to deliver spatial and energy planning competence building and training in the long term and the town planners will receive concrete for integrating energy aspects into spatial planning strategies.

Results

  • Increase competence to demonstrate the integration of sustainable energy aspects into spatial planning strategies of six national and two regional town planning associations and organisations from eight European member states.
  • Strengthen the capacity of 35 further organisations and networks to deliver competence building and training on the integration of spatial planning with energy planning to 2,073 ‘town planners’ in Europe, drawn from 735 municipalities.
  • More than 350 municipalities delivering good practice examples of integrated spatial planning strategies for low carbon towns and regions.
  • Develop 40 energy competence building and training programmes supported by long lasting mechanisms and networks that will build the competence of a further 15,980 ‘town planners’ drawn from 3,780 European municipalities.
  • Produce guidance for other national and regional town planning associations and organisations (and related professional bodies) in Europe to replicate the project’s approach.
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  • The project has just started and it is too early to extract lessons learnt.
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Town and Country Planning Association
London
United Kingdom
Contact point: 
Name: 
Smith Diane
Tel: 
+44-20-7930-8903
Name: 
Diane Smith
Tel: 
+44 (0)20 7930 8903

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In brief

Duration:
08/03/2013 to 08/03/2016
Contract number: 
IEE/12/762

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