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Q-GasSP

Q-GasSP

October 2020 - October 2021

Q-GasSP aims to produce a methodology that will allow planning authorities to quantify the influence of spatial planning policies on GHG emissions in a consistent manner.

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Quantitative Greenhouse Gas Impact Assessment Method for Spatial Planning Policy (Q-GasSP)

The objective of this research project is to produce a methodology that will allow planning authorities at national, regional and local administrative levels to quantify the influence of spatial planning policies on GHG emissions in a consistent manner. More specifically, the objective is to address the knowledge demands and technical requirements of the four stakeholders included within this Targeted Analysis Project, namely, the Eastern and Midlands Regional Authority (IE); Scottish Government – Planning & Architecture Division (UK); Department of Infrastructure, Northern Ireland (UK); and Regional Council of Kymenlaakso (FI).
The ESPON Targeted Analysis is a tool to develop cross-border evidence. For this project, the purpose of the targeted analysis is to identify robust methods for quantifying the relative impact on GHG emissions of alternative spatial planning policies to inform strategic alternatives. The outputs will:

  • Aid Member States in meeting their GHG emissions targets;
  • Inform strategic alternatives at different administrative levels which will ultimately aid Member States in meeting their GHG emission reduction targets; and
  • Inform Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment

Codema's role in this project will be to lead the case study pilots, building related GHG methodology and data collection.  This project will specifically target the EMRA’s RSES Regional Policy Objective (RPO) 3.6 - City and county development plans shall undergo assessment of their impact on carbon reduction targets and shall include measures to monitor and review progress towards carbon reduction targets.

This research is financed through the ESPON Programme, which is an applied research programme aimed at supporting the formulation of territorial development policies in Europe. The programme aims to identify the potential of regions and the challenges they face and produces territorial data in the form of statistics, analysis and maps, which are accessible and understandable to local policy-makers.