Residents called on to give ideas to help Devon’s carbon footprint

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 October 2019

Carbon Neutral. Picture: Getty

Carbon Neutral. Picture: Getty


A top team of environmental experts, charged with ensuring Devon reduces carbon emissions as quickly as possible, is calling on residents to submit their ideas on how to do it.

The Net-Zero Task Force has been appointed by the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group - made up of Devon's councils, emergency services and business groups - to deliver the Devon Carbon Plan.

The carbon plan will lay out what every resident, organisation and business has to do to reduce emissions and safeguard the planet for the next generation.

Submissions of ideas will feed into the creation of the carbon plan, which includes a series of thematic hearings in November and December.

Each hearing will focus on the different parts of our society that produce most of the emissions, such as transport.

Recent data compiled by Exeter University shows that homes and buildings, road transport, and farming account for 83 per cent of all emissions in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.

The hearings will seek to understand what needs to happen to achieve rapid decarbonisation in Devon, and how it can be delivered.

They will be divided into food, land and sea, (including agriculture, forestry, fisheries and land use), mobility and transport, the built environment and energy and waste.

A draft of the Devon Carbon Plan will be created through a three-step process.

Firstly, task force members and expert witnesses, will discuss and then review the evidence.

The task force will present a series of 'options' to a Citizen's Assembly, which will be convened from January.

Finally the deliberations of the Citizen's Assembly will lead to the Draft Devon Carbon Plan, which is due for publication next spring.

The University of Exeter's Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, chairman of the Net-Zero Task Force, said: "The challenge facing us all is how we can live and prosper in a carbon neutral economy.

"This is the goal of Devon's Carbon Plan, to set out a clear roadmap of what we all have to do to ensure that Devon becomes net-zero and continue to thrive.

"We want everyone to be involved, including schools, members of the public, businesses and public sector organisations - we all have a say and part to play."

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