Spatial planning as a tool to facilitate district heating expansion
2012 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
This paper examines the importance of strategic spatial planning associated with the existence and development of district heating. Within the planning of new residential developments in Sweden, local authorities have the authority to influence the future development of the energy systems. The aim of this study is two-fold: to examine whether and how district heating issues are addressed in municipal spatial planning of new residential areas and to discuss how Swedish planning legislation can improve the conditions for resource efficient district heating. The study includes an investigation of the planning process in six Swedish municipalities. The results show that the district heating companies generally participate late in the planning process. This delay means that important information often fails to be exchanged between the local authorities and the district heating companies, a lack of communication that undermines a widened systemic approach and long-term planning which are important preconditions for effective decision-making.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Collaboration, Communication, District heating, Municipal spatial planning, Sustainable energy systems
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97394OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-97394DiVA: diva2:647497