ESPON SUPER - Sustainable Urbanization & land-use Practices in European Regions

Increasing land take affects the environment in various (often negative) ways. At present, there are no EU-level policies specifically promoting sustainable land-use, however, spatial planning can contribute to a more sustainable use of land by finding a balanced trade-off between various social, economic and environmental needs. The ESPON SUPER project aims to “provide evidence, recommendations and measures on how sustainable land use can be promoted and how land-take and urban sprawl can be avoided, reduced and compensated in Europe.

The SUPER Project Team at the Kick-Off Meeting in The Hague, ©PBL, 2019

Even if there are no EU-level policies promoting sustainable land-use, it seems obvious that other policies (e.g. territorial cohesion policy and specific sectoral policies) influence urban sprawl and land-take in a more or less sustainable way. The European influence on land use is rather complex, varies across regions and is in many cases not even intended but a by-product of different actions. In order to identify the impacts of the most relevant EU policies ÖIR will conduct territorial impact assessments (TIA) by using the ESPON TIA Quick Check. The results will serve as starting point for further discussions of different impacts of a concrete EU policy on different regions which considers 4 dimensions of sustainability (economy, ecology, social and political/governance dimension).

Period of performance: 2018-2020

Project team: Erich Dallhammer; Roland Gaugitsch, Mailin Gaupp-Berghausen, Ursula Mollay,

Partner: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (BBSR), Politecnico di Torino (Polito), Urbanex Ltd., Centre for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG), University of Valencia (UVEG)

Client: ESPON EGTC (via Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency)

Website: www.espon.eu/super

Download: Project description