Integrated urban planning is central to a low carbon future. Currently our urban areas are generally very low in density and difficult to service with decent public transport, and as such are very energy inefficient by international standards. Integrated planning involves bringing transport and land use planning together. It involves appropriate densification and mixed-use zoning to reduce transport distances and needs. It promotes access to amenities and economic opportunities by the poor, and reduces transport energy and emissions of the total urban area.
Under this theme, SEA has focused on low carbon modelling for cities, including integrating city transport plans that support a low carbon future. SEA has also provided expert input into city and regional spatial planning development.