Devon Climate Assembly


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Devon Responds

The Devon Climate Emergency project is raising awareness and encouraging everyone to act.

A range of organisations across Devon have declared a climate and ecological emergency and have endorsed the principles of the Devon Climate Declaration. 

Together, we are working on…

Devon Carbon Plan

The Net-Zero Task Force is using its specialist knowledge to produce an evidence-led Devon Carbon Plan. This will consider the earliest, credible, date that should be set for net-zero emissions.

Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Adaptation Plan

The Climate Impacts Group is using its collective knowledge to create a Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Adaptation Plan. This will consider how the region and its citizens can adapt to living in a warmer world.

Immediate Action

As well as working to create a Devon Carbon Plan and a Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Adaptation Plan, partners are also taking action on many immediate projects.

A brief summary of the changes that are needed to create a net-zero Devon.

The Interim Devon Carbon Plan in 8 Points. 1. Fossil fuels are no longer an energy source. We use more renewable energy Communities are active in energy issues We walk, cycle & use electric vehicles. 2. Energy consumption is minimal. We drive less, we are active & healthy Services are local, reducing travel needs All buildings are more efficient 3. Community action for a net-zero Devon. We think innovatively Communities share ideas of net-zero Citizens are at the centre of change 4. Carbon captured from fuels burnt. Only used for unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions Devon pilots carbon capture & storage projects e.g. catching smoke from industrial chimneys
5. Escaping greenhouse gas emissions are minimised. Reduce escaping gases from sewage works, landfill & electrical equipment 6. Develop a resilient local economy. A circular, just, regenerative economy Reskill workers e.g. in renewable energy We spend money locally 7.Resources are used more circularly. We consume fewer materials Reduce household & commercial waste We reuse, repair & recycle more 8. Maximise natural carbon storage. Adapt to climate impacts e.g. flood controls Trees planted & habitats restored We enjoy healthy, locally sourced foods

Project Outcomes

Improve our environment

Improve the resilience of Devon’s environment against the effects of climate change

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Reduce carbon emissions

Facilitate the reduction of carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 at the latest, to include substantial nature improvement to absorb carbon.

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Get communities ready

Prepare Devon‘s communities for the necessary adaptations to infrastructure and services to respond to a warmer world.

Who we are

A range of public, private, and voluntary organisations from across Devon came together on 22nd May 2019 to form the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group.

The project is aiming to create a resilient, net-zero carbon Devon – where people and nature thrive.

Achieving this will require collaborative action from everyone across Devon.

Our partners and governance

How you can get involved

Changing your behaviour not only helps reduce your carbon footprint but can help encourage others to adopt more sustainable habits!

Community groups and local councils are in a great position to engage people on the ground and raise awareness of the climate crisis.

Organisations have an important role to play in reducing emissions and contributing towards a net-zero Devon.

DCE is a growing number of organisations and communities
who support the Devon Climate Declaration

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Councils

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School

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Businesses

3

Environmental Organisations

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Research
Institutions

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Emergency Service Organisations

3

Health Organisations

2

Utility Operators

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Partnerships

Our partners

Torbay CouncilMet OfficeUniversity of ExeterPlymouth City CouncilDevon Wildlife TrustNHS Devon - Clinical Commissioning GroupDevon County CouncilDartmoor National ParkMid Devon District CouncilNFUEnvironment AgencySouth West WaterTorridge District CouncilExmoor National ParkExeter City CouncilWestern Power DistributionDevon and Cornwall PoliceEast Devon District CouncilSouth Hams District CouncilDevon Association of Local CouncilsPublic Health DevonTeignbridge District Council South DevonWest Devon Borough CouncilDLNP Natural DevonLocal Resilience ForumHeart of the South WestNorth Devon CouncilPublic Health EnglandUniversity of Plymouth