The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), established under the Climate Change Act 2008 to advise the government on emissions targets, wants proposals to include urban regeneration, road infrastructure and electric car provision.
This reflects its wish to see urban regeneration rather than migration of population away from cities, mixed-use development instead of town shopping centres and investment in public transport.
RTPI acting director of policy and partnerships Matt Thomson said: "The CCC has made some strong recommendations about the necessary step change in policy and action. The time has come for the government to embed these issues into national planning policy. The RTPI also supports calls to integrate climate change into high-level policy in PPS1."
Friends of the Earth executive director Andy Atkins said: "Upcoming strategies on fossil fuels, aviation and energy will show whether the government has heeded the committee. The national policy statements must set out their carbon impacts and how they will deliver on the UK carbon budget."