Towards an Integrated Approach to Urban Decarbonisation in Practice: The Case of Vitoria-Gasteiz
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Author/sUrrutia-Azcona, Koldo; Molina-Costa, Patricia; Muñoz, Iñigo; Maya-Drysdale, David; Garcia-Madruga, Carolina; [et al.]
Smart zero-carbon city
Climate change mitigation
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 ...