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Environmental Outlook 2018: Background document Space as Integrative Platform for Environmental Solutions

Issue 29-11-2018This research was carried out as part of the ‘Environmental Outlook 2018’ and provided the necessary scientific underpinning.

A sustainable societal transition is not possible without the sustainable use of our space. The way in which we use our space today not only has implications for the environment, it also prevents us from addressing societal and environmental challenges in a structural way.

The report analyses eight spatial strategies which, together and in combination, are required for the (ecological) sustainability of the energy, mobility and food systems:

  1. Develop a polycentric network of cores and poles with public transport.
  2. Protect the open space from inappropriate use by hard functions.
  3. Cluster dwellings and facilities in cities and properly equipped cores.
  4. Cluster non-interweavable activities in multimodal, accessible economic poles.
  5. Facilitate spatial interweaving of activities in cores.
  6. Spatially differentiate agricultural activities in the open space.
  7. Integrate energy production into the open space.
  8. Exchange residual streams and support the installation of heat grids in cores.

These strategies are by no means the only solutions for a sustainable space, but they do provide an important basis. For each strategy, we analyse what it actually means in practice, what environmental benefits it brings, what actors and (new) tools are needed, and what the barriers and levers are to implement it.

The information for this report was obtained through a combination of a literature research and surveys of academic and practice experts.

Read the English summary of the Dutch background document ‘Space as Integrative Platform for Environmental Solutions’

Study commissioned by MIRA, Flanders Environment Report

researchers: Miechel De Paep, Kristine Verachtert (BUUR); Jo Goossens and Philippe Vandenbroeck (shiftN)

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