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

Joe Ravetz*, Aleksi Neuvonen, Raine Mäntysalo

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Studies
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • boundary object
  • carbon neutral
  • collective intelligence
  • Greater Manchester
  • scenario back-casting
  • trading zone

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