Energy Sensitive Spatial Planning as a Public Sector Tool Towards Sustainable Economic and Territorial Development

  • Elena Dimitrova
  • Milena Tasheva-Petrova
  • Angel Burov
  • Irina Mutafchiiska
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By juxtaposing the research results of two recent research projects, the authors complement two perspectives on current energy sensitivity in Bulgarian spatial planning: (a) an “inside out”—energy efficiency considerations reflected in adopted municipal strategic spatial plans; and (b) an “outside in”—societal appreciation of the role of the local governance planning instruments in addressing energy-related challenges. Largely missing societal awareness about the potential of spatial planning for contributing to greater energy efficiency was identified alongside quite generally approached energy efficiency targets in the plans. The steps claimed urgent in the planning field are to: explicitly define the energy-related aspects addressed and the ways of integrating them into strategic planning documents; better communicate the topic with all the stakeholders in the urban process; and insist for broader support in building relevant institutional and expert capacity for monitoring and evaluating planning results with respect to social, economic, and environmental benefits for local communities.


Energy transition Strategic spatial planning Integrated approach Indicators Local governance Bulgaria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Dimitrova
    • 1
  • Milena Tasheva-Petrova
    • 1
  • Angel Burov
    • 2
  • Irina Mutafchiiska
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Urban PlanningUniversity of Architecture, Civil Engineering and GeodesySofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Association of Bulgarian Urban and Regional Planners (ABURP)SofiaBulgaria

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