2015 AESOP Annual Congress, Prague (Czech Republic)

13 July 2015 - 16 July 2015

2015 AESOP Annual Congress,  Prague (Czech Republic)

The 2015 AESOP Congress Organising Committee has invited Giancarlo Cotella (POLITO) as co-chair for the Track 09 "Energy and Space as Resources / Limits for Planning Decisions”. On the occasion of the 2015 AESOP Congress, 7-9 July 2015, two papers presenting MILESECURE-2050 main results were submitted
See Session 4, Track 9
"Unpacking the governance of energy transition. A conceptual framework" by Valkenburg Govert (MUSTS) and "Energy security scenarios of future Europe. Assessing the impacts of societal processes" by Cassen Christophe (SMASH). Information about the Congress may be found at http://www.aesop2015.eu/

THEME: Definite space – fuzzy responsibility
While many of the initiatives and powers moved outside public control, the sense of responsibility for spatial change and sustainable development of cities and regions hardly overstepped the domain of city halls and ministries, and planners as their experts. The gap between sprawled powers / potency and blurred sense of responsibility should be the focus of the Congress debates. 

Our cities are spreading, the distances that most of us have to travel for jobs, shopping, entertainment, etc. are steadily increasing, and money available for maintenance and improvement of roads, utilities and public services is shrinking. Rich people are retiring to gated communities while some others may remain trapped in social and ethnic ghettoes.

All these problems are expected to be tackled by planning as an instrument for urban and regional management. But planning itself was affected by drift from hierarchic control by state and local governments, through public-private partnership projects, to governance where the actual field of municipalities´ and states´ action is dissolved and shared with business. Also many services formerly provided by public domain have been outsourced. Who should take responsibility for how the cities and regions are being changed?

TRACK 09: Energy and Space as Resources / Limits for Planning Decisions

Co-chairs: Thomas B. Fischer, Giancarlo Cotella

With rising fossil fuel prices and growing concerns about their wider environmental and social impacts, there is great interest in sustainable energy solutions. Communities need reliable and affordable, as well as environmentally and socially sustainable energy. Whilst there are many ways for reducing the need for energy, demand is unlikely to reduce dramatically in the near future. With regards to sustainable energy supply, there are a number of renewable energy options, many of which are already implemented widely (i.e. hydro, wind and solar), whilst others are still being experimented with (e.g. tidal). However, whilst these renewable options are able to deliver comparatively clean energy, there are other problems, in particular with regards to an extensive spatial footprint with associated impacts , in a context of definite space and often fuzzy responsibility, for both, space and energy provision.

In this light, the integration of energy efficiency strategies into the planning process constitutes a challenge for policy and decision-makers active at the various territorial level. There are particular problems due to European and globally uneven geographies of energy security and energy economics. These have various negative implications on the development of policies and strategies for e.g. low carbon societies. We invite papers to this track that explore challenges and constraints, as well as solutions in support of sustainable energy solutions further.

Programme, List of Keynote Speakers


Unpacking the governance of energy transition. A conceptual frameworkValkenburg Govert (The Netherlands)The day after tomorrow: transition management, spatial planning and the low carbon economyEllis Geraint (UK)Energy security scenarios of future Europe. Assessing the impacts of societal processesCassen Christophe (France)Monitoring the progress towards energy efficient cities - performance of Danish municipalities