The implementation of the German Federal Government's climate and energy policy goals, which encompass a gradual expansion of the share of renewable energies (wind, solar energy) and a commensurate reduction in electricity produced from fossil fuels (coal) and nuclear energy, will increase the possible uses of and needs for subterranean spaces and the potential conflicts of use.
Object of investigation
The following aspects were examined:
Another topic was to explore the development of criteria to deal with conflicts of use in the underground:
Subterranean spatial planning is required to deal with the increasing range of demands for the utilization of underground space and to better manage associated conflicts related to space, responsibilities and priorities. The application of spatial planning instruments to Germany’s underground space is both possible and an urgent necessity.
The practical implementation of a sustainable, resource saving subterranean spatial planning in model regions will be investigated by the research project "Subterranean spatial planning and sustainable resource management using the example of selected regions".