Let us know your ideas

The Net-Zero Task Force would like to hear what individuals and organisations think should be done to help reduce the carbon emissions in Devon.

The link to the form is at the bottom of this page, but please read this guidance first before starting your submission.

Everyone is invited to submit suggestions, ideas and evidence for proposals that help to reduce carbon emissions in Devon and contribute to the Devon Carbon Plan. This is a key opportunity for you or your organisation to input to the process to develop the Devon Carbon Plan.

Evidence can be submitted through to early 2020. The gathering of data and evidence will be complemented by a series of four thematic hearings, taking place over November and December 2019. These will provide an opportunity for the Net-Zero Task Force to discuss, with invited participants and experts, the opportunities and challenges in more detail.


  • The call for evidence opens on Wednesday 23 October 2019
  • The call for evidence closes early 2020

If you have a submission with evidence that could be called before one of the hearings, please submit it by Sunday 10th November.


Submissions can be made covering any subject area. However, the task force has identified four key themes which will form the focus for the hearings. These are:

  1. Food, land and sea (agriculture, forestry, fisheries and land use)
  2. Mobility (transport – air, land and sea)
  3. The built environment (energy efficiency, lighting, heating and cooling needs, construction)
  4. Energy and waste (heat and electricity generation, storage and supply)

Across these sector-based themes, we will be considering cross-cutting themes around spatial planning, education, behaviour change, public acceptability, finance and health.

The outcome of each hearing will be a greater understanding of the policies and practical actions that need to happen to achieve swift decarbonisation across Devon, and how they could be delivered.


If you are unsure how to structure your idea or suggestion, we have included a few examples that might assist – but there is no right or wrong approach. If you feel strongly that you have a suggestion that will help to lower carbon emissions, please submit what information you have.

Example 1

An example submission in the ‘food, land and sea’ theme could cover:

  • changes in agricultural practices which increase the carbon sequestered in the soil
  • obstacles include current economic and time stresses on farmers
  • solutions might include rural community engagement (by communities and non-governmental organisations), structures for mutual support and education among farmers (farm support organizations), diffusion of examples of best practice including on Devon County Council tenant farms and other estates, and financial incentives for increasing fertility and soil carbon (national policy).

Example 2

An example of a cross-cutting issue could be:

  • that commissioning and procurement for institutions should be carried out within a ‘value framework’ which includes carbon reduction and biodiversity among those values given weight within the tendering process.

Example 3

An example of submission in the ‘mobility theme’ could include:

  • Increasing access to electric charging points in rural areas.
  • A current barrier is lack of available charging points in terms of both numbers and locations.
  • These barriers could be overcome by installing charging points in ‘public’ spaces such as school/supermarket/church/village hall car parks. Location of points chosen could help direct social and economic activity, for example, the contrast of investment in locations such as out of town supermarkets and existing petrol stations compared to community centres such as schools.
  • A priority action would be investing in school charging points. Funding and planning policies should be managed at a district level in coordination with education and planning authorities
  • Ideally, installation should be carried out by local trades and construction firms and so simultaneous training should be provided at a subsidised rate.


You do not need to complete all the questions in the survey and your evidence will be considered whether all the questions are completed or just some of them.

Additional evidence in the form of documents or pictures can be uploaded as part of the process.

Please note, this call for evidence is not requesting evidence that climate change is happening. We are looking for ideas and evidence on how we can decarbonise Devon as rapidly as possible; what are the barriers and what are the opportunities.

We anticipate a large response to this call for evidence so there will be a process to review, summarise and prioritise evidence before to the hearings to ensure the most important and frequently asked questions and issues raised are considered.

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