Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning | Number 7 | Year 2019 | ISSN 2350-3637

Barbara Mušič:

Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in Urban Planning

Creative Commons License DOI 10.15292/IU-CG.2019.07.028-032 | UDK 711.4:620.9 | SUBMITTED: 7/2019 | REVISED: 9/2019 | PUBLISHED: 10/2019
Author's affiliation: Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

On the global level, the issue of the climate change is tightly connected to the intensive energy use, thus energy efficiency became one of the goals of sustainable development. Energy efficiency plays an important role in political agendas of many countries. Urban planning has long been facing the consequences of climate changes and due to the complex nature of the planning, the integration of the energy efficiency aspect represents a major challenge for urban planners. The main aim of the review is to assess the state of the research on the energy and urban planning and to identify cross-cutting issues which could be addressed in spatial and urban development plans at the city, neighbourhood, districts and the building level. Scale, urban morphology related issues, density, mix land use and mix of urban functions, mobility and accessibility and the urban climate and open spaces related issues have been core cross-cutting topics in energy and urban studies. The results indicated that there are opportunities for improvements of energy efficiency in cities through identified urban energy issues which need to be addressed in spatial development plans.

urban planning, energy planning, energy efficiency, energy demand, cities, spatial development plans


Mušič, B. (2019). Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in Urban Planning. Igra ustvarjalnosti - Creativity Game, (7), 28-32.

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