Creating an Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) is the Transition Networks major community planning tool. The idea is to facilitate a plan that the entire community owns and will use to work together to become more sustainable (resilient, self-reliant and re-localized).

The planning process incorporates data collection and analysis, community consultation and visioning plus compiling and presentation.

Establish a baseline:
Collect and collate community information, ie: Food miles; number of cars and distances travelled; amount of local arable land available; community CO2 emissions; north facing roofs suitable for solar power generation/hot water...

Get the local community plan:
Incorporate existing community and council planning – Assessing which bits fit the overall plan.

The overall vision:
Create a big picture of a self-reliant, resilient, low emissions future in twenty or thirty years.

Detailed visioning:
Working groups create their own detailed visions.

Backcast in detail:
Working groups set out step-by-step practical milestones neccesary to achieve their detailed visions.

Transition Tales:
Use diverse creative media to communicate a tangible vision with the community, eg: Newspaper stories and photos from 30 years in the future

Pull together the backcasts into an overall plan:
Working groups timelines and visions are combined for continuity, coherence and consistency.

Create a first draft:
Overall plan and the Transition Tales/Pictures merged into a cohesive inspiring whole - including current situation, 30 year vision, action timeline and milestones. Goes to community for feedback.

Finalize the EDAP:
Community feedback integrated. EDAP published online and in hard copy (continually updated).