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Introducing the Net Zero Exeter Forum [Pilot]

Blog : 08 July 2020


We’re excited this week to have launched the Net Zero Exeter Forum! This is our pilot discussion board where you can post a comment, start a topic, share a project, meet like-minds, find collaborators and support wider action on the Net Zero Exeter2030 Plan and more. 
Read more below to learn more about the platform…


As you may have seen, we recently presented our Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan to Exeter City Council and the City. This is a clear roadmap outlining how we believe Exeter can achieve its ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030. (If you haven’t read or flicked through it yet – take a quick look, here).

To make the plan a reality, city-wide conversation and collective action is key – no single organisation alone can achieve this bold vision. As part of this ethos, we are continuing to bring Exeter’s businesses, residents, communities and leaders together and help build momentum, spark discussion and facilitate formation of collaborative partnerships.

As part of our engagement we have developed the Net Zero Exeter Forum.


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What is the Net Zero Exeter Forum?


The Net Zero Exeter Forum is an online space to connect with one another where you can post a comment, start a topic or share an idea, a project, or an innovative solution you might be working on or involved with. 

The Forum enables you to seek connections and networks, signpost to best practice, as well as build collaborations and partnerships to meet the city’s carbon ambitions. Each one of us – representing our organisations, and communities – can play a vital role on this journey.

There are two main threads of the Forum: Open Conversations and Q&A Voting:


The Open Conversations thread has two topics:

  1. The Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan (including the four themes of our 12 Goals):
  • Energy
  • Mobility
  • Sustainability
  • Capability
  1. The Green Recovery is where conversations can be held about how Exeter can recover in ways that support the net-zero goal, following the Covid-19 pandemic.


In the Q&A Voting thread you can share an idea and encourage people to vote on your proposals. It is a great opportunity to ‘temperature test’ your concepts and projects and we hope will help you collate valuable feedback and identify which concepts have support from the crowd to be taken forward and developed further. 



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Who can use the Net Zero Exeter Forum?


This is an inclusive forum that encourages people from all communities in the city to discuss Exeter’s carbon neutral future. 

In order to post yourself, you need to create an account and have to be 18 or over – in order to protect you and other users. 

As with all forums, there are guidelines and rules to ensure that all conversations are constructive and friendly. Please read the Net Zero Exeter Forum Rules before you sign up.


How is the Net Zero Exeter Forum moderated?


The Forum is moderated by members of the Exeter City Futures team. All posts are currently pre-moderated during our office hours, so there might be a slight delay in seeing your post go live, as we have a small team!

The current version of this forum is a pilot, so please bear with us at this early stage of development. If there are any technical difficulties or you have any feedback on how we can improve the Net Zero Exeter Forum, please email and we will get back to you as soon as possible

All feedback is welcome and will help us to improve the platform.


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How else can I get involved with the Net Zero Exeter journey?


There are lots of other ways to get involved in helping Exeter realise its carbon neutral ambitions. 

We will continue to schedule our Emergency Roundtables alongside our Connect events and will publicise each event nearer the time across our website and social media channels.

We created the #ReimaginingExeter interactive map where you can highlight positive changes that you’ve seen across the city, what you’d like to keep, and your ideas about how Exeter could be improved for life after lockdown.

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