Devon Carbon Plan

The Net-Zero Task Force are creating an evidence-led Devon Carbon Plan which will consider the earliest, credible date which should be set for net-zero emissions.

The Task Force

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 Net-Zero Task Force is chaired by Patrick Devine Wright who is a professor at the University of Exeter and leading climate expert and IPCC author.

The members have considerable expertise in topics relevant to carbon reduction and are drawn from economic, environmental, health, community and academic organisations.

Read the Net-Zero Task Force terms of reference

Approach

The Task Force is taking a robust evidence-led approach, with an open call for evidence from the public and organisations wishing to contribute. Covid-19 resulted in a delay in the Citizens’ Assembly so the approach had to change. There are now 4 main stages:

1.

Evidence gathering.

2.

Publication of Interim Devon Carbon Plan for public consultation.

3.

Citizens’ assembly to consider the more controversial options.

4.

Publication of Final Devon Carbon Plan for public consultation.

Stages to creating a 2-part Devon Carbon Plan

The Interim Devon Carbon Plan will be available for consultation by the end of the year (2020), reflecting the suggestions identified in the public call for evidence and thematic hearings and highlighting issues that require further consideration by a Citizens’ Assembly. We expect to publish the Final Devon Carbon Plan for consultation in 2021, providing more detail on the challenging issues which will have been deliberated on by the Citizens’ Assembly, as and when this event is able to take place.

Revised Devon Carbon Plan Process

The Task Force ran a call for evidence and conducted a series of thematic hearings (meetings), to help gather views, evidence and data which has created a foundation from which to develop recommendations for the Devon Carbon Plan.

The Task Force has assessed all available data and contributions from the evidence gathering phase to identify which actions can be adopted more easily across Devon. These ideas will be used to produce a draft Interim Devon Carbon Plan that will be published for consultation in December 2020. Ideas that are deemed more controversial or more challenging to implement will be presented to the Citizens’ Assembly in 2021 to ensure the recommendations in the Final Devon Carbon Plan are reflective of the opinions of Devon’s Citizens.

The views of the general public will continue to play an important role in the production of the Final Devon Carbon Plan.  The more challenging or controversial 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 over 16. They will have the opportunity to develop informed opinions and collectively develop, discuss and review policy recommendations on decarbonising Devon.

Once the Citizens’ Assembly has met, the Net-Zero Task Force will bring everything together to produce a draft Final Devon Carbon Plan.