The Royal Town Planning Institute in the UK has just released a discussion document that discusses the potential impact of Peak Oil on planning policy. This is a major development – the following quote from the report spells out the importance:
"In the UK, Government policies on transport, energy policy and land use have consistently ignored or played down the Peak Oil phenomenon. Nevertheless, the potential impact of Peak Oil is profound. Frequency and patterns of travel will change, and current patterns and trends in land use will become ever less sustainable than at present."
The report does appear to focus mainly on transport policy, which is an obvious area that will be impacted by Peak Oil. We believe there are numerous additional key aspects of urban planning that need to consider Peak Oil and climate change including:
- Localisation of food & energy
- Building community capital
- Protecting and supporting eco-systems & agriculture
- Reducing energy use.