The Linkage of Urban and Energy Planning for Sustainable Cities: The Case of Denmark and Germany

Jens-Phillip Petersen

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Abstract

The reduction of GHG emissions in buildings is a focus area of national energy policies in Europe, because buildings are responsible for a major share of the final energy consumption. It is at local scale where policies to increase the share of renewable energies and energy efficiency measures get implemented. Municipalities, as local authorities and responsible entity for land-use planning, have a direct influence on urban patterns and energy use, which makes them key actors in the transition towards sustainable cities. Hence, synchronizing urban planning with energy planning offers great potential to increase society’s energy-efficiency; this has a high significance to reach GHG-reduction targets. In this paper the actual linkage of urban planning and energy planning in Denmark and Germany was assessed; substantive barriers preventing their integration and driving factors that lead to successful transitions towards a holistic urban energy planning procedures were identified.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Urban Area
Publication date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event18th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Urban Area - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 14 Apr 201615 Apr 2016
Conference number: 18

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Urban Area
Number18
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period14/04/201615/04/2016

Keywords

  • Energy planning
  • Urban planning
  • Renewable energies
  • Sustainable cities

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