Academics from the University of Plymouth are part of the consortium that led the development of a plan for Devon to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.
The Devon Carbon Plan is the result of three years of public consultations, workshops, seminars, a Citizens’ Assembly, and input from all sectors of the community and economy.
Supported by the latest scientific evidence, it sets out the actions Devon needs to take to create a resilient, sustainable place where people and nature thrive.
The plan highlights the long-term changes we can all make to help reduce our impact on the planet.
It also sets out detailed, evidence-based solutions and strategic objectives for national and local policy makers in areas such as energy production, transport, and the built environment.
The plan has been delivered by Devon Climate Emergency, a partnership of 29 businesses, public bodies, and voluntary groups, including Devon’s 11 principal councils.
Its expert group, the Devon Net Zero Task Force, was led by Professor Patrick Devine-Wright and included Professor of Environmental Politics Ian Bailey and Professor of Geoscience Communication Iain Stewart.
They have been involved in crafting and consulting on the actions Devon needs to take to achieve net-zero emissions by or before 2050, working in partnership with Devon County Council and experts from a range of business, local authority and community organisations.
They have co-authored chapters that cover a number of the themes encompassed in the Devon Carbon Plan, including: Energy; Food; Land and Sea; Transport; Built Environment; Economy and Resources; and Cross-cutting themes.
They also provided expert input into hearings held with Devon organisations, and to the Devon Climate Assembly, through which residents met to discuss how the county can meet the challenges of decarbonising energy, transport, buildings and land use and agriculture.