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News article15 March 2023European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency1 min read

6 steps to success: IN-PLAN report on good planning practices 

Good planning practices
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LIFE clean energy transition project IN-PLAN has released a report presenting its integrated vision for energy, climate, mobility, and spatial planning. 

Integrated planning refers to urban development strategies to design and plan the distribution of people, facilities, infrastructure, spaces, and activities in set regions. It is considered a key tool to deliver real change and innovation in Europe.  

This kind of planning is good news for our planet. It supports the actions required to meet local energy, climate, and sustainability targets, helping the EU become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It also gives a helping hand to the people most vulnerable to sustainability challenges. 

Started in November 2022, the IN-PLAN project aims to develop, test, and roll out a support structure for local and regional authorities seeking to implement sustainable energy and climate plans. The project's approach allows these plans to be integrated with other planning forms and included in local budgets.  

The team will carry out a two-step programme for enhancing the capacities of the 15 local and regional governments engaged in the project. The programme will include training key personnel who will subsequently be able to replicate the training at all levels of government.  

As a first step, the team's new report sets out good planning examples to feed into the project's so-called 'IN-PLAN practice' – a long-term support structure enabling local and regional authorities to implement their sustainable energy and climate plans effectively. 

The report also includes the six key steps to success for local authorities and urban planners wanting to implement an effective and integrated planning approach. 

Read the report now.

Below are the 6 IN-PLAN key steps for local authorities and urban planners to implement a successful integrated planning approach
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