On 23 July 2019, Exeter City Council unanimously agreed to declare a climate emergency and made the commitment to make Exeter a carbon neutral city by 2030.
This ambitious target is aligned to the vision for the city and has potential to make a vital contribution to our planet and all its people. Exeter City Futures was tasked by the City Council to work with people and businesses from across the city to curate a shared plan for the delivery of the carbon neutral ambition.
We now present to Exeter City Council and the city of Exeter, the Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan, a roadmap detailing how we believe the city can achieve its ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030. In its creation, we engaged with a diverse range of individuals and organisations from across the city to feed in different values, perspectives and backgrounds.
This marks the start of an exciting 10-year journey for our city. Success will only be achieved through a genuinely collective effort to ensure Exeter remains one of the greatest places to live in the UK.
The Plan sets out a series of practical actions that local authorities, organisations and individuals can take, with associated carbon savings and cost, all of which Exeter will need to put in place in order to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Some of the key findings from the plan include a 53,000 tonnes of carbon saving if 100% of Exeter’s electricity was generated from clean sources, as well as 140,000 tonnes of carbon saving if Exeter were to exploit the maximum potential for renewable generation (including solar, wind, geothermal).
Together we highlight ourselves as leaders in the UK and support Innovate UK plan their future investments into supporting cities in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26).
Together we are stronger, and to achieve an ambition of this scale, collective, practical action is what truly matters.
The Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan can be accessed via the link below:
Below we have also made available some additional resources that were supported the design and production of the Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan:
We have collated a variety of resources, information and ways that you can get involved with the journey to a Net Zero Exeter, view them here.
We have also set up ‘Exeter’s Net Zero Journey’, an open Slack workspace dedicated to exploring the contents of the Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan, discussing key topics areas, and helping to pull everyone together around a shared vision of a better future.
You can join the city-wide conversation by clicking on the button below: