Devon Carbon Plan
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ANALYSIS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

Exeter greenhouse gas report disregards hundreds of thousands of tonnes of annual city emissions

Restricted scope of study misrepresents scale of city's impact to produce partial decarbonisation targets while ignoring opportunities to reduce emissions imported by residents, businesses and visitors, guaranteeing net zero failure.

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    The county council-convened Devon Climate Emergency Response Group (DCERG) has continued its apparent commitment to avoiding public scrutiny of its decision-making by simultaneously publishing the minutes of six of its meetings (which are held in private without published agendas) at the end of May — despite some being held in March...

    CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

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    Leaderless by design?

    The county council’s plan to delay taking action on decarbonisation, otherwise known as the Devon Carbon Plan, continues to achieve its aim as (bear with us) the county council cabinet responds to its consultation on its response to the Devon Climate Assembly’s responses to the subset of Interim Devon Carbon Plan issues it has successfully avoided confronting...

    CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

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    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Exeter City Council abandons city 2030 decarbonisation "ambition"

    Unannounced decision to exclude scope 3 emissions constituting around 43% of Exeter's carbon footprint from "net zero" plans effectively ensures city will not meet its decarbonisation goals.

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    We heart climate crisis

    Anyone who might have been tempted to believe that the climate crisis is at the heart of everything Exeter City Council does (as it repeatedly claims) need look no further than its response to the consultation on the Devon climate assembly’s output report for clarification...

    CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

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    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Exeter decarbonisation plans found wanting in nationwide council climate action plan study

    Somerset West and Taunton highest scoring local authority area with East Devon in third place nationally in comprehensive Climate Emergency UK analysis.

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    Not such an honourable mention

    Cranbrook’s appearance in a recent Transport for New Homes report examining new housing developments across England to find out whether they are built around sustainable transport or car dependency does not exactly celebrate the satellite town’s mobility provision...

    TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

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    Has the county council learned its lesson?

    Judging by the “ample space” for greenfield business park and housing development promoted in the “Clean Growth Vision for the West of East Devon” it commissioned from City Science Corporation (an Exeter City Futures sister company) for submission to the East Devon Local Plan consultation, it seems not...

    PLANNING & PLACE

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    Democracy inaction

    Meanwhile the poor record of the county council-led Devon Climate Emergency Response Group on keeping the public informed about what it is up to reached a new low this month, when it simultaneously published the minutes of ten meetings on the same day, some from as long ago as August...

    CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

  • Protestors hold Devon County Council stop funding fossil fuel companies banner in Bedford Square

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    County council doubles down on pension fund divestment position

    Devon Pension Fund remains committed to fossil fuel investment despite increasingly untenable pension fund committee position that relies on unfounded shareholder influence claims and failure to understand sector position and plans.

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    NEWS  ⁄  TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

    30 year plan for SW transport outlined in consultation document

    Strategic vision places investment in roads ahead of decarbonisation despite acknowledging the region's high car dependency rate.

    Devon Pension Fund fossil fuel holdings

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Devon Pension Fund fossil fuel investment position exposed by Shell and BP AGM votes

    Shareholder support for Paris Agreement-compatible goals increases but fails to prevent continuing oil and gas exploration, extraction, production or consumption as experts intensify warnings that emissions reductions goals will be missed.

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    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    South West Exeter district heating network plan abandoned

    Property developers refuse to back scheme despite local authorities committing £7.3 million to project to supply 2500 new homes with waste heat from Marsh Barton incinerator, Exeter's largest single source of carbon emissions.

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    Follow the money

    Glenn Woodcock and Roli Martin of Global City Futures were invited to join the board which oversees the Devon Carbon Plan at its meeting last month and given the same decision-making powers as the rest of the board, which is almost exclusively composed of public sector organisations...

    DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

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    COMMENT  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Is Exeter City Council going to abandon its Net Zero 2030 target?

    Review suggests alignment with Devon Carbon Plan, currently aimed at 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and net zero by 2050, citing "technical and financial challenges ahead", although change in policy would require decision by councillors after 6 May local elections.

    Interim Devon Carbon Plan consultation responses net zero target date preferences

    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Devon Carbon Plan consultation finds majority want net zero by 2030

    Devon Climate Emergency Response Group questions whether 2030 "realistic" and suggests "palatable" compromise while only 13% of consultees support UK government's 2050 target.

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    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Report places Devon County Council among UK's top local authority fossil fuel investors

    £157 million of Devon Local Government Pension Scheme is invested in companies including Royal Dutch Shell, BP, BHP, Anglo American and ExxonMobil despite local authority climate emergency declarations and carbon reduction commitments.

    Exeter energy recovery facility

    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    District heating network planned for new South West Exeter development

    Local councils are investing up to £7.3 million in a £23 million project to supply a development of 2500 homes with heat which depends on the Marsh Barton waste incinerator, Exeter's largest single source of carbon emissions.

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    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    University research consortium launches "Accelerate to Net Zero" project

    The GW4 Alliance of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter universities has launched a collaborative project aimed at accelerating decarbonisation across South West England and Wales.

    Net Zero Exeter 2030 plan proposals vs Exeter territorial emissions vs Exeter carbon footprint bar chart

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Is the "Net Zero" Exeter plan fit for purpose?

    Exeter City Futures' carbon reduction plan ignores over a million tonnes of carbon emissions and massively underestimates the challenges facing the city.

    Exeter City Futures Net Zero Exeter 2030 plan

    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Exeter City Council accepts climate emergency plan to make city carbon neutral by 2030

    Chief Executive warns that resourcing the plan is "problematic" given COVID-19 financial challenges and that lack of resources limits the council's capacity for immediate practical action.

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    ANALYSIS  ⁄  TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

    We already know what to do about the climate crisis. We must get on with doing it as fast as we can.

    Exeter and Devon council leaders must begin rapid regional decarbonisation now. The quickest, cheapest way to cut emissions in Exeter is to deter combustion engines from entering the city. Clean air legislation offers a basis for action.

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