The new normative: synergistic scenario planning for carbon-neutral cities and regions

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Carbon-neutral targets are a ‘new normative’ for cities and regions around the world. Such targets call for rapid system transformations, beyond the normal remit of urban-regional planning. In response, we propose a framework of theory and practice, in three parts: ‘trading zone’ concepts for collaborative planning; ‘scenario back-casting’ for longer horizons; and ‘synergistic thinking’ for systems transformation. We demonstrate this with the carbon-neutral journey of Greater Manchester. The results suggest the ‘new normative for cities and regions can be greatly facilitated by ‘synergistic scenario planning’, in theory and practice.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-163
Number of pages14
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number1
Early online date14 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2020

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