Gaia Planning were commissioned by the Scottish Office, to prepare a "think-piece" on the ways in which the concepts of energy conservation might change approaches to planning in Scotland.
To ensure that the latest thinking on the effects of energy conservation on planning was incorporated in the study, workshops were held with researchers throughout the UK and with planning practitioners in Scotland. These led to an assessment of the national, regional and local opportunities for planning to make a contribution to energy conservation and the likely affects of this approach on planning and urban design at these scales. The report listed ten actions that planners could take to assist energy conservation and provided a method for involving and training planning staff in these concepts. The document was distributed to all local authorities in Scotland and published for wider distribution by the Scottish Office.