Studies & Data

The Devon Carbon plan is being developed using a wealth of evidence both from experts and academics as well as the general public to ensure the plan is reflective of the opinions of people in Devon. The following section highlights some of the resources, studies and data sets which are being used in the process of developing the Devon Carbon Plan. Click on the buttons below to go to a specific section.

Effect of Covid-19 Lockdown on Carbon Emissions

Devon’s carbon emissions have reduced by almost a quarter (23%) during the lockdown new data suggests. In the most tragic of circumstances, the lockdown has given a glimpse of how a more sustainable Devon might look, feel and sound. Anecdotally people have experienced quieter streets for walking and cycling, heard more bird song, seen wildlife where they wouldn’t have normally encountered it and felt a greater connection and appreciation for green spaces around them. What has the effect been on carbon emissions and how can we work together to contribute to an economic reset that encourages decarbonisation and ecological restoration?

Download a PDF of the report below or read it in full here.

The purpose of this paper is to facilitate conversation and debate amongst the Devon Climate Emergency partners.

Devon’s Carbon Footprint

Check out the findings of a new report which we commissioned from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Energy and Environment which offers an insight into Devon’s overall Carbon Footprint and the district level footprints.

If you are interested, you can also see the methodology behind the report here.

Check back in the next few weeks for some visuals and graphics which will summarise the data in a more accessible way!

Developing a Net Zero Citizens’ Assembly for Devon

A rapid review of evidence and best practice on citizens’ assemblies has been prepared by the University of Exeter, which has made recommendations on how the Devon citizens’ assembly should operate. Download the document below.
Developing a Net Zero Citizens’ Assembly for Devon

Net Zero Devon, Plymouth and Torbay Reports

The Centre for Energy and the Environment at the University of Exeter was commissioned to provide quantified projections of carbon emissions for Plymouth, Torbay and DCC administered Devon(i.e. not including Plymouth and Torbay) following a “business as usual” path, and with the national policies as suggested by the Committee on Climate Change (either in place, or required) to achieve Net Zero. These projections were based on meeting Net Zero by 2050 (the currently proposed national timeline).To assess the impact of targeting an earlier date for Net Zero further work was undertaken to assess how Devon (DCC), Torbay Plymouth may be able to meet the target by 2030.

The full Net Zero Devon Report can be viewed here.

The full Net Zero Plymouth Report can be viewed here.

The full Net Zero Torbay Report can be viewed here.

DCE Updates Slide Deck

The following slideshow offers an update on the DCE process and is available for use by anyone to update interested individuals and community groups on the process. Last updated July 2020.

Carbon Offsetting

To support the development of the Devon Carbon Plan and to further consider the potential inclusion of carbon offsetting within the plan.

The Centre for Energy and the Environment (CEE) at the University of Exeter was commissioned through the South West Energy and Environment Group (SWEEG) to consider some of the factors
associated with carbon offsetting in the context of the Devon Climate Declaration. Specifically, to what extent “local carbon offsetting” can be used to help Devon achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.