Devon Citizens’ Assembly

The Devon Climate Emergency has committed to establishing a Citizens’ Assembly to enable views of the general public to play an important role in the production of the Devon Carbon Plan.

The Assembly was due to be held in July 2020 however this was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. DCE is still committed to holding this assembly, in some form, to ensure the public can contribute to the production of the Devon Carbon Plan.

Regardless of the future format, the assembly will have the opportunity to develop informed opinions and collectively discuss and review policy recommendations on decarbonising Devon. The assembly will comprise a representative sample of Devon’s citizens who will be paid for their involvement.

The Response Group and the University of Exeter are committed to working together to ensure that the assembly is delivered according to best practice, building upon the latest expert knowledge and research. This will ensure the assembly operates on a legitimate and credible basis.

Prior to the delay, the University of Exeter undertook a rapid review of evidence and best practice, which made recommendations on how the citizens’ assembly should operate. Download the document below.

The University is now undertaking further research on the viability and accessibility of running the Citizens’ Assembly online due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

National Climate Assembly

On a national scale, there has been a UK wide Climate Assembly UK which brought together 100+ people from all walks of life and all shades of opinion to discuss how the UK should reach net zero greenhouse gases by 2050.

The assembly members met over six weekends in Spring 2020. They heard balanced evidence on the choices the UK faces, discussed them, and made recommendations about what the UK should do to become net zero by 2050. Their final report was published on Thursday 10 September 2020.

DCE has been observing this process carefully to see how it can help shape the Devon Citizens’ Assembly.