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Towards an Integrated Approach to Urban Decarbonisation in Practice: The Case of Vitoria-Gasteiz

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TECNALIA, Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), Parque Tecnológico de Vizcaya, Geldo Street, Edif.700, 48160 Derio, Spain
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Department of Planning, Aalborg University, A C Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen, Denmark
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ENEDI Research Group, University of the Basque Country, Alda. Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Academic Editors: Baojie He, Ayyoob Sharifi and Raffaele Pelorosso
Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 8836; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168836
Received: 6 July 2021 / Revised: 29 July 2021 / Accepted: 2 August 2021 / Published: 7 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change and Sustainable Urban Environmental Planning)
How can local authorities effectively approach the decarbonisation of urban environments? Recent efforts to redirect cities into a less energy-intensive model have been mostly approached from a sectoral perspective, with specific energy policies and plans being issued without deeply considering their ties with other urban aspects. In this sense, well-established urban planning procedures have not been part of those, with the consequence of barriers in the implementation phase of those energy plans. The Cities4ZERO methodology was developed to guide effective integration between urban planning and energy policies, plans, and practices. It provides a holistic approach to strategic municipal processes for urban decarbonisation in the mid-long term, which includes key local stakeholders’ engagement into integrated energy planning processes, as well as tools for effective energy decarbonisation modelling. This paper analyses the application of the Cities4ZERO decarbonisation methodology on its strategic stage in the development of Vitoria-Gasteiz’s Action Plan for an Integrated Energy Transition 2030 (APIET 2030). It suggests that in order to accelerate urban decarbonisation, it is critical to: (a) foster interdepartmental collaboration; (b) allow for flexibility on the land-use planning regulations; (c) back decisions with detailed urban-energy models; and (d) truly engage key local stakeholders in the planning and implementation processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: decarbonisation; urban transformation; energy transition; integrated planning; smart cities; smart zero-carbon city; foresight; climate change mitigation decarbonisation; urban transformation; energy transition; integrated planning; smart cities; smart zero-carbon city; foresight; climate change mitigation
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Urrutia-Azcona, K.; Molina-Costa, P.; Muñoz, I.; Maya-Drysdale, D.; Garcia-Madruga, C.; Flores-Abascal, I. Towards an Integrated Approach to Urban Decarbonisation in Practice: The Case of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8836. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168836

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Urrutia-Azcona K, Molina-Costa P, Muñoz I, Maya-Drysdale D, Garcia-Madruga C, Flores-Abascal I. Towards an Integrated Approach to Urban Decarbonisation in Practice: The Case of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Sustainability. 2021; 13(16):8836. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168836

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Urrutia-Azcona, Koldo, Patricia Molina-Costa, Iñigo Muñoz, David Maya-Drysdale, Carolina Garcia-Madruga, and Iván Flores-Abascal. 2021. "Towards an Integrated Approach to Urban Decarbonisation in Practice: The Case of Vitoria-Gasteiz" Sustainability 13, no. 16: 8836. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168836

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