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Nexus Policy Guidelines for Carbon Transitions

Authors: David Ludlow*, Mr
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Sustainability Science, Qualitative Research
Keywords: Backcasting Methodology; Integrated Assessment; Policy Guidelines;"Win-WIn" Solutions
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual Track 1
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SUNEX project (JPI Urban Europe-Belmont 2018-2021) aims to define transition pathways and policy guidelines for FEW (food-energy-water) management at city-region scale. The principal objective to support the delivery of climate change mitigation policy via strategic spatial planning of the city-region over 30 years. This paper outlines the application of the SUNEX backcasting methodology promoting stakeholder engagement with food, energy, water and governance agencies. The purpose to define the critical transition policy pathways, to deliver carbon neutral policy objectives 2050. The following process is deployed:

• Specification of normative scenarios focussed on policy targets e.g. carbon neutral, in terms of multiple policy objectives, relevant to the socio-economic and environmental diversity of sustainable development of the city-region;
• Deploying backcasting that starts from the endpoint of policy targets, in a stakeholder defined process that “navigates” the “policy environment” in which policy targets interact with socio-economic and environmental variables;
• Defining transition pathways focussed on the required action, costs and benefits of achieving policy targets as a basis for the definition of policy guidelines with common application.

SUNEX solutions arising from the application of backcasting methodology in stakeholder engagement are specified for the cities of Doha, Berlin, Bristol, and Vienna as operational urban planning solutions targeting desired “win-win” policy co-benefits over time. Solutions are based on integrated understanding and assessment of the highly interconnected dimensions of food, energy and water, where “Nexus effects” and optimisation are assessed in a wider integration context, principally the context of city-region plan commitments to climate change mitigation.



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