Tomorrow my territory 15 Planning my territory in a sustainable way

Sustainable development

November 2019

Agence pour l’Environnement et la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ADEME)

The 20 factsheets in the collection « demain MON TERRITOIRE » have been designed to give candidates and elected officials practical keys to take action, to open up the field of possibilities based on the experiences of other elected officials, from small towns to conurbations, large urban areas or sparsely populated areas. In the four corners of France, both in metropolitan France and in the French Overseas Territories, many of them are taking action, together with the players in their territories, to prepare for the future by taking action to mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects. With its knowledge and presence throughout the country, ADEME supports them with its tools, activities and financial aid.

Why is rethinking urban planning important?

The French are now experiencing the consequences of an often unbridled urban expansion. Distances between home and work mean long, costly and polluting journeys. Local shops are disappearing in favour of vast commercial zones on the outskirts. Conversely, density aimed at limiting urban sprawl can be synonymous with sustainability, proximity of services and quality of life. In the face of population growth, urban planning must be rethought. And to think about developments that respect the principles of sustainable development. They must help to reduce energy consumption, make the air cleaner, preserve biodiversity, reduce the artificialization of natural and agricultural soils and urban overheating, and participate in the fight against climate change.

How do you do it?