A Net-Zero Task Force has been appointed, which will use its specialist knowledge and experience to produce an evidence-led Devon Carbon Plan. This will consider the earliest, credible, date that should be set for net-zero emissions. The members have considerable expertise in topics relevant to carbon reduction and are drawn from economic, environmental, health and academic organisations, and is chaired by Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, a leading climate expert.

Read the Net-Zero Task Force terms of reference


The task force is adopting a robust evidence-led approach, with an open call for evidence. The recommendations based on that evidence will be presented for discussion by a Citizens’ Assembly.

There will be three main phases:

  1. evidence gathering
  2. citizens’ assembly
  3. development and publication of a draft Devon Carbon Plan

Phase 1: evidence gathering and hearings

The Task Force has issued a call for evidence and will be conducting a series of hearings, to help gather views, evidence and data which will be used as a foundation from which to develop recommendations for the Devon Carbon Plan.

The process is planned as follows:

  • Call for evidence
  • Evaluation of evidence
  • Hearings
  • Publish findings

Phase 2: Citizens’ Assembly

The views of the general public will play an important role in the production of the Devon Carbon Plan Recommendations developed by the task force will be put to a Citizens’ Assembly. The assembly will comprise a representative sample of Devon’s citizens from different social backgrounds, including young people. They will have the opportunity to develop informed opinions and collectively discuss and review policy recommendations on decarbonising Devon.

Phase 3: publication of a draft Devon Carbon Plan

Once all available data and contributions have been assessed, and the Citizens Assembly has reviewed and scrutinised the proposals, the Net-Zero Task Force will bring everything together to produce a draft Devon Carbon Plan.