Planning for peak oil: learning from Cuba's special period

Piercy, Emma, Granger, Rachel C. and Goodier, Chris (2010) Planning for peak oil: learning from Cuba's special period. Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning, 163 (4) . pp. 169-176. ISSN 1755-0793 [Article] (doi:10.1680/udap.2010.163.4.169)

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It is against recent experiences of proliferative consumption of the earth’s resources that planners and politicians must confront the challenge of peak oil over the coming years. With so few examples of peak oil available worldwide, this paper explores the realities of this in Cuba after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 – the so-called special period, which decimated the country’s imports of energy, food and other vital supplies. Drawing on primary research collected in Cuba during 2008 and in an attempt to stimulate debate about how
western countries and cities might respond to future losses of global resources, this paper examines the policy responses implemented in Cuba in the fields of transport, spatial planning, agriculture and energy. Despite the Cuban situation being politically different from other countries and the fact that the loss of resources during the special period were abrupt and unplanned, it is argued that there is still considerable scope for a wider application of the concepts to other towns and cities, if not countries and cultures.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Energy; government; social impact
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 10727
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Depositing User: Rachel Granger
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2013 11:58
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 01:54

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