Climate change and energy: the case of French PCET plans.
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The energy sector and the phenomenon of anthropogenic-induced cli-mate change are intrinsically related insofar as this sector is responsible for considerable emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) due to fossil-fuel-based energy production facilities, namely electric power plants. The overall aim of the present work is to explore the relations and synergies between climate change and the energy sector as well as to explore the French example of PCET plans (Climate and Energy Territorial plans) that have been developed by local authorities for the past decade. Based on a literature review of the background for the issues of climate change and local planning, this works uses the strengths of participant observation and interviews with actors in the development of PCET to present the approach and discuss its characteristics and shortcomings. Since climate change is not only affecting and affected by both the supply- and demand-side of the energy sector, but is also related to numerous sectors such as housing and transportation, the need for com-prehensive plans has become more important at various levels of action. Although the PCET approach is recent and its impacts remain uncertain, it tackles fundamental public issues that are also potential aspects for development. While local authorities remain sceptical concerning their means of efficient action at the territorial level, a PCET plan may therefore have major consequences if it perceived as a comprehensive strategic tool rather than a simple action plan.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
, TRITA-LWR Degree Project, ISSN 1651-064X ; 2013:29
Climate change; Energy; Local authorities; Local planning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-171852OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-171852DiVA: diva2:844708
Brokking Balfors, Berit