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Secretariat Paper 18_Urban Structure, Spatial Planning and Climate Emissions
This Secretariat paper examines the relationship between urban structure, spatial planning and climate emissions, in particular transport-related emissions. The paper focuses in particular on the some of the key literature that has sought to analysis this relationship. The paper also considers the case for developing new approaches to evaluating the impact of urban structure and spatial planning on supporting sustainable development and reducing transport-related emissions. The paper concludes with a focus on the enabling role of urban structure with regards to sustainable mobility
Urban Structure, Spatial Planning and Climate Emissions
Research Paper 14_Transport-Orientated Development: Assessing Opportunity for Ireland: Background Case Studies
This background paper provides an analysis of international and national evidence on the role of transport in widening the potential of active land management through unlocking land for housing, sustainable urban development, and regeneration. The key points were summarised in the main document Transport-Orientated Development: Assessing Opportunity for Ireland (NESC, 2019). This background paper provides instructive cases of transport-orientated development (TOD), in some shape or form, examined here to reveal generalisable lessons for any such strategy in Ireland. The fictional TOD garden city known as Uxcester is also examined as an example of a model for the development of these types of cities involving investment in transport. It was proposed in an essay that won first prize in the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize competition. The experience of regional planning in Cork including plans to develop a rail corridor is also examined. The paper concludes with the report of a field-study visit to Nantes in France.
Transport-Orientated Development: Assessing Opportunity for Ireland Background Case Studies
Transport-Orientated Development: Assessing the Opportunity for Ireland (148)
What if urban development made it easier to use public transport, and cycle or walk to work and school? The State must build on the vision set out in Project Ireland 2040 to maximise the number of homes, jobs, public services and amenities which are close to frequent, high-quality transport services. This is the message from the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) who today publish a new report No.148, Transport-Orientated Development: Assessing Opportunity for Ireland. Reaching the strategic objectives of compact growth and sustainable mobility will require further specific decisions to create such development at key locations, new institutional arrangements and tailored funding mechanisms.
Transport-Orientated Development: Assessing the Opportunity for Ireland
Research Paper 13_Advancing the Low-Carbon Transition in Irish Transport
This research from DCU identifies three main themes: complexities inherent in transport; competing priorities and contestation between institutional drivers; and the fragmented governance landscape and institutional opportunities for enhanced co-ordination. Building on research findings, the report identifies a set of recommendations and poses a number of questions for stakeholders who wish to strengthen low-carbon transition in Irish transport.
Advancing the Low-Carbon Transition in Irish Transport
Climate-Change Policy: Getting the Process Right (147)
There is a growing consensus that ambitious action is needed if we are to stop climate change. Ireland is ready to do more as evident from the efforts of our children and young people, as well as the Oireachtas Joint Committee’s report and ongoing work to produce an all-of-Government plan. To safeguard our future, protect coming generations, achieve a just transition and meet international obligations, actions have to urgently and continuously deliver results. This report focuses on how to combine an ambitious long-term climate change mission with an urgent and active policy process that can discover, try out and support practical actions that reduce carbon emissions.