Greater Exeter consumes 10TWh of energy every year – enough to make 368 trips to the moon or to drive around the Earth 1.5 million times. This use is set to grow. Existing energy consumption patterns already cost our residents and businesses over £900m each year; a significant cost to many families and a particular burden to those in fuel poverty.
Exeter City Council have already reduced energy consumption by 37% and are on track to deliver an energy-neutral council by 2022. However, the wider city region has a tremendous opportunity to go so much further. There needs to be more progress made regarding integrating renewable energy into our buildings, transport systems and local industry.
Working towards this goal is especially important as it interlinks with several of the other goals for Exeter. Focusing on renewable energy and increased energy efficiency is crucial to creating more sustainable and inclusive communities and resilience to environmental issues.