Planning Our Low Carbon Future - Shared Experiences of National and City Spatial Planning

Organized by the Scottish Government 13. September 2017

As we move to a future where significant transformational change is required in response to climate change, spatial planning will need to show strong leadership and make sustainable decisions on land use and infrastructure. How can we make best use of our natural energy resources? What infrastructure will we need? What is the role of city planning in increasing development density and facilitating low carbon transport on a much greater scale?

Friday, October 13, 17:55 - 19:25

Location: Kaldalón, Ground Level

This session will allow us to share our expectations of how climate change challenges and opportunities could influence long term planning at a regional, city and neighborhood scale. We will compare current approaches in Scotland and Iceland and share our ideas on building greater resilience into our plans for the future. The session will show that ambitious and innovative spatial planning can ensure we adapt to future climate change whilst also delivering better outcomes for people and places


  • Fiona Simpson, Assistant Chief Planner, Scottish Government: Scotland’s National Planning Framework and Climate Change Plan – guiding transformational change
  • Cathy Johnston, Group Manager, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council: City planning for climate change – Glasgow
  • Ásdís Hlökk Theodórsdóttir, Director, National Planning Agency, Iceland: Planning for resilience at the national level
  • Björn Axelsson, Director of Planning, the City of Reykjavík Council: Sustainable neighbourhood plans from a local perspective
  • Ólöf Örvarsdóttir, Head of Department of Environment and Planning, City of Reykjavik Council: Sustainable future

Discussion: What are the common challenges? What needs to change? How can we share innovation?



  • John McNairney, Chief Planner, Scottish Government