The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab receives funding from the European Regional Development Fund. This project seeks to bring the area’s world-class R&D assets together within a business-focussed innovation ecosystem that stimulates the development of new products and services and provides the support required to see these through to market success. The overall objective of the Impact Lab is to stimulate inward investment and productivity-led growth by positioning HotSW as a national and international centre for environmental / Big Data analytics.
This £6.4m project will be delivered by the following seven partner organisations: University of Exeter, Plymouth University, the Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Rothamsted Research, Plymouth College of Art and Exeter City Futures. The initial project will run for three years from January 2018.
Exeter City Futures are proud to be part of the ERDF Big Data and Environmental Impacts Lab project. This project provides funding for our data analyst to develop a city data store (Exeter Data Mill) that can underpin and analyse city challenges and enable innovators to access data to build new services.
Exeter City Council make changes at senior management level to support the delivery of the council’s priorities. Exeter City Council appoint a Programme Director for Exeter City Futures. The operational costs of Exeter City Futures continues to be underwritten by Global City Futures.
The role of the Programme Director is to define the mission of congestion free and energy independent in a way that is specific and measurable. through extensive review with stakeholders, the Programme Director is to develop the final operational model for the CIC and recruit key public sector institutions to the Board of Exeter City Futures (University of Exeter, Devon County Council, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust, Exeter College).
18 May 2018
Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge
The Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge aims to create a collaborative vision of Exeter in 2025 in Minecraft, and use the game as an innovative tool to engage a wide range of citizens in urban planning. This project has helped us to demonstrate an innovative approach that enables citizens to become more involved with data and the city change process.
13 September 2018
Exeter City Futures launched in 2015 with a bold ambition to make Exeter ‘energy independent and congestion free’. The key questions we have faced along the way have been around what ‘energy independent and congestion free’ means and how this mission will be measured against success. Exeter City Futures evolved to respond to this feedback by setting out a clear set of 12 meaningful goals to replace “congestion free and energy independent”, goals that reflect the priorities of the people with whom we have engaged.
In addition, having tested a number of ways of working and delivered a range of pilot projects it was decided that the final model for Exeter City Futures CIC is as a city-wide office that can harness and coordinate the collective efforts of all stakeholders. Projects responding to the Goals will be delivered by Member Organisations, Partners, Individuals and Communities.
The proposed operational model for Exeter City Futures and the 12 transformational goals for the City were presented to Place Scrutiny Committee. The Committee supported the direction of Exeter City Futures and noted the 12 goals as a way to deliver against the Council’s strategic objective of reducing congestion in Exeter.
1 October 2018
Council Launch 2018-2021 Corporate plan formally citing Exeter City Futures CIC as the mechanism through which they are seeking to address their strategic priority of tackling congestion and accessibility.
15 March 2019
Exeter Carbon-Neutral by 2030
Cllr Rachel Sutton makes a statement that Exeter will be carbon-neutral by 2030
3 May 2019
Exeter City Futures Responds to Carbon Neutral Ambition.
Exeter City Futures submit a discussion paper to Exeter City Council setting out a review of City plans across the globe to become carbon neutral and making the case for ECF to lead the development of a roadmap to deliver Exeter's ambition
16 May 2019
Towards Carbon Neutral Exeter Report Submitted
Exeter City Futures' formalises paper, entitled "Towards a Carbon-Neutral Exeter"
, and is submitted to ECC executive committee including range of recommendations.
23 July 2019
The recommendations in the "Towards a Carbon-Neutral Exeter" paper are approved by Exeter City Council’s full council and it is agreed that Exeter City Futures should be appointed to develop a roadmap for the City using the 12 Goals as a framework.