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The Race to Net Zero

Why We Need To Plan The World We Need
08 November 2021 at 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM / Scotland / Conference

08 November 2021 at 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
The Studio Venue Co Ltd, 67 Hope Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G2 6AE
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An event organised during COP26 by the Royal Town Planning Institute in partnership with the Global Planners Network, Commonwealth Association of Planners and the International Society of City and Regional Planners

If we are to deliver net zero carbon we need to make plans. These must be holistic, integrated, and resourced for delivery. They need to accelerate progress to a green economy, increase resilience to risk, and create fair, healthy and prosperous communities. At this critical moment in time, we need to build on leading practice and identify what needs to change.

This face to face and webcasted event will show how planners and planning system across the world are tackling climate change and working to achieve net zero. It will comprise a series of presentations and discussion highlighting the critical role of, and opportunities for, towns and cities across the globe to address climate change and achieve zero carbon places. It will showcase where planners and planning have and can play a vital role in redesigning our places and spaces, in minimising the need for travel, mainstreaming and diversifying low carbon energy, protecting and enhancing the natural environment, improving climate resilience and engaging communities in taking this forward.


6.00pm                 Tea and Coffee

6.30pm                 Welcome and Introductions – Victoria Hills, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute

6.40pm                 Why We Need to Plan the World – Wei Yang, President, Royal Town Planning Institute

6.50pm                 Planning as a driver for net-zero. How planners are making a difference across the globe. 

  • Leo Asuncion, President, American Planning Association 
  • Martin Lewis, CEO, The South African Council for Planners 
  • Kelley Moore, Secretary General, Commonwealth Association of Planners
  • Dan Huang, President, Canadian Institute of Planners 
  • Martina Juvara, ISOCARP
  • Darren Crombie, National President, Planning Instituted Australia

7.50pm                 Discussion

8.15pm                 Close and thanks, followed by wine reception


In person at The Studio, 67 Hope Street, Glasgow or online by webcast.


Royal Town Planning Institute

The Royal Town Planning Institute champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. We are a leading membership organisation and a Chartered Institute responsible for maintaining professional standards and accrediting world class planning courses nationally and internationally.

Global Planners Network

The Global Planners Network is a plurality of voices with diverse and relevant experience to advocate for effective planning. Member organizations work to advance inclusionary and sustainable planning practice worldwide. Our Vision is to through a collaboration of the international planning profession, contribute to the creation and maintenance of inclusive, safe, healthy and sustainable human settlements.

Commonwealth Association of Planners

CAP is a major global institution in planning and is playing an increasingly significant role in the worldwide promotion of planning as a fundamental part of governance for sustainable human settlement.  CAP currently represents over 40 000 planners from 27 countries throughout the Commonwealth including African, Asian, Australasian and Caribbean countries.   CAP also has a Women in Planning network and a Young Planners network and plays a leading role in developing the planning profession and planners throughout the countries of the Commonwealth.


Founded in 1965, the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is a global association of professional city and regional planners. Our network brings together individual and institutional members from 85+ countries with the vision to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable through integrative participatory urban and territorial planning.