Conclusions

Energy potential mapping enables sustainable spatial planning based on effective use of local energy potentials. It visualises sustainable ambitions for the future and the consequence of it to planning. It has proved to be an ideal catalyst for discussions, as opposed to written policy plans. The new approach can be used anywhere in the world, most probably leading to different solutions. A sustainable future has different faces, depending on local potentials and local demands.

Planning based on local potentials and energy cascading would imply spatial interventions that deviate from the current paradigm. Combining functions in particular will require delicate planning and a focus on quality of living. On the other hand, the pragmatic look at the characteristics and qualities of a region will bring the problem and solution closer to citizens en enhance their individual feeling of responsibility. Not least, it will inspire to innovate, which is needed in a world facing climate change and energy depletion.

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