New drive to cut carbon emissions across Devon

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Posted on: 13 May 2019

Devon County Council leader John Hart is pledging cash support towards a new drive to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

Devon’s ruling Cabinet is being asked to set aside £250,000 towards an initiative to persuade organisations, communities and individuals to do more to reduce global warming.

Earlier this year the county council declared a ‘climate emergency’ and committed to becoming carbon neutral.

The authority’s already cut its carbon emissions by 36 per cent since 2012.

But council leader John Hart says Devon has to do more.

He wants to bring together public bodies across the county with business representatives and the utility companies to support urgent action on the climate emergency.

They are all being asked to acknowledge the climate emergency and establish what measures need to be taken to decarbonise Devon, what they can do themselves and what would need the Government to intervene.

A Citizens’ Assembly would also be set up, representing the views and opinions of people across Devon, to review what is proposed.

Cllr John Hart sat at a desk

Cllr John Hart

Mr Hart said: “We clearly can’t do this alone but I want Devon to take a lead in bringing organisations, communities and individuals together to take action.

“This is an issue that affects us all and requires action from all of us from large-scale corporate concerns to the individual resident.

“That’s why I’ve asked the Chief Executive, Phil Norrey, to lead on this to demonstrate how seriously we are taking it.

“Since I became leader of Devon County Council in 2009, we’ve managed to set a balanced budget every year with some small surpluses.

“We’ve done that again for 2018/19 and I will be asking the council to approve £250,000 to cover the costs of getting this initiative moving.

“I would like to see a Devon Carbon Plan produced that would set out how we are all going to reduce emissions – from the largest organisation through our towns and villages right through to as many committed individuals as possible.

“We are all in this together and we have to tackle it together.”

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