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Spatial planning has a key role to play when it comes to creating urban environments that support less energy-intense lifestyles and communities. Spatial planning and urban planners have a pivotal role in developing energy strategies and actions plans and the SPECIAL project has been set up to help bridge the gap between climate change/energy action planning and spatial and urban planning.  

SPECIAL is funded by Intelligent Energy Europe and is an exciting partnership between eight Town Planning Associations (TPAs) across Europe. It will run for three years with a focus on spatial planning for the deployment of local energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is lead partner with partner planning associations in Sweden, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, Greece, Germany and Austria.

The project has been set up to help the TPAs of the partner countries meet the EU’s challenging energy and climate change targets for 2020.The project has a number of objectives around exchanging best practice and experience, promoting integrated renewable energy strategies and building the capacity of the partner planning associations in the planning and delivery of renewable energy solutions. Most importantly, the partners must then share that learning through their professional networks and maximise the dissemination of their training to others in a multiplier effect.

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