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 and smart energy measurement tools into our buildings, transport systems and local industry.
More sophisticated measurement solutions can help increase the energy efficiency and savings of homes and businesses through personalised recommendations, even continuously health-checking their current energy tariff and recommending cheaper alternatives.
In a Net Zero Exeter, residents and businesses will have access to the right tools to measure and understand energy use in order to reduce consumption and increase energy efficiency.
- Exeter shall have reduced its energy consumption by 2.6 TWh over 2017 levels; with industrial energy consumption reduced by 250 GWh (16% of industrial demand) by 2025.
- “Smart energy technology” shall be in all homes in Exeter, supporting the efficient use of energy, particularly from sustainable sources, and supporting the elimination of fuel poverty.
- All Exeter businesses shall have committed to energy reduction measures.
- All public sector organisations in Exeter (including schools) shall have committed to energy reduction measures.
- Local planning policy shall consider carbon reduction and energy demand reduction in industrial, commercial and public buildings; the highest energy efficiency standards (Passivhaus or equivalent) shall be the norm.
- Exeter shall have developed systems which enable and manage behavioural change to encourage upgrades to highest efficiency appliances.
- Exeter shall have a strong set of demonstrators/case studies that act as examples of how commercial buildings and industrial processes can be more energy efficient.