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Towards a Low Carbon Economy: what role for planning?

Towards a Low Carbon Economy: What Role for Planning?

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 at 10:30AM - 6:00PM
Douglas Hotel, 43- 45 Market Street, Aberdeen AB11 5EL, UK
£125 + VAT (Members/ Licentiates) £150 + VAT (Non Members)
£30 +VAT (Students and Unemployed Members/ Licentiates)
RTPI Scotland

Towards a Low Carbon Economy: What Role for Planning?

Douglas Hotel, 43-45 Market Street, Aberdeen AB11 5EL

Sponsored by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Architecture + Design Scotland, Halliday Fraser Munro, Paull and Williamsons and Scottish Government


The RTPI Scotland Annual Conference is the key event for planning professionals and others working to create great places for people. It supports you to share your thinking and experience on Scottish planning issues. It allows you to hear from a range of sectors, organisations and perspectives. It enables you to hear about new approaches from across Scotland, and beyond.

A strategic priority of Scottish Governments Economic Strategy is the Transition to a Low carbon Economy which requires a solid foundation of skills, infrastructure, effective government and equity. So where do planners, planning and the planning system fit into this? This conference will look at planning's role in the transition to a low carbon economy. It will ask what a low carbon economy is, and what it will look like. It will showcase examples of low carbon neighbourhoods, towns and cities. It will look at approaches to low carbon construction and how to develop low carbon infrastructure. And it will ask how planners, planning and the planning system can support the move towards a low carbon economy and what role design can play in this. The event will include time for discussion and debate.


10.00 Registration

10.30 Welcome and Introduction Bob Reid, Convenor, RTPI Scotland

What makes a Low Carbon Economy?

10.35 What is a Low Carbon Economy? Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, Town and Country Planning Association

10.55 A Business Perspective Maitland Mackie, Chair, Mackies of Scotland

11.15 Low Carbon Construction Dr Margaret Bochel, Head of Planning and Sustainable Development, Aberdeen City Council

11.35 Discussion

11.45 Tea/ coffee

How can Planning Contribute?

12.00 Planning for a Low Carbon Economy Keith Winter, Head of Enterprise, Planning and Protective Services, Fife Council

12.20 The Role of Design Kevin Murray, Chair of the Academy of Urbanism and Director of KMA

12.40 Planning for Low Carbon:Lessons from Northern England Colin Haylock, President, RTPI

13.00 Discussion

13.15 Lunch

14.00 Roundtable sessions: how can planning support a low carbon economy?

What Could a Low Carbon Economy Look Like?

14.40 A Low Carbon Neighbourhood: BedZed, London Bill Dunster, Principal, ZEDfactory Ltd

15.00 Low Carbon Towns: Paisley, Irvine and Leven Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbansim, Architecture + Design Scotland

15.20 Tea

15.40 Low Carbon Development Corridors: Energetica  Belinda Miller, Head of Economic Development, Aberdeenshire Council

16.00 Low Carbon Cities Geoff Duke, Director, Scottish Cities Alliance

16.20 A Low Carbon Country: The Role of the 3rd National Planning Framework Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, Scottish Government

16.40 Discussion

16.55 Summing Up and Thanks Bob Reid, Convenor, RTPI Scotland

17.00 Reception hosted by Aberdeen City Council

Book a Place

£125 +VAT RTPI Members/ Licentiates

£150 +VAT Non Members

£30 +VAT Students/ Unemployed Members and Licentiates (Quote Ref: RTPIS30)

3 ways to book


Phone: 0845082 1171 (at local rates)


Venue and Travel

The conference will be held in the Douglas Hotel, 43- 45 Market Street, Aberdeen AB11 5EL. This is less than 5 minutes walk from Aberdeen train station. The conference will begin at 10:30 to allow delegates to comfortably travel from the Central Belt that morning by train.

07:28 Edinburgh Waverley arrives Aberdeen 9:52

07:41 Glasgow Queen Street arrives in Aberdeen at 10:16

There are also a limited number of rooms available at a special discount rate. For further details go to