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DCERG minutes 26th June 2019

Devon Climate Emergency Response Group – minutes of meeting 26 June 2019.
Download a PDF copy of the minutes here.


Phil Norrey, Devon County Council (Chair)
Doug Eltham, Devon County Council
Karime Hassan, Exeter City Council
Tracey Polak, Public Health Devon
David Eaton, Teignbridge District Council
Phil Shears, Teignbridge District Council
Paul Netherton, Devon and Cornwall Police
Janet Williams, Torridge District Council
Jenny Wallace, Torridge District Council
Ken Miles, North Devon District Council
Sophie Hosking, South Hams and West Devon Councils
Andrew Seaman, University of Exeter
Helen Dobby, Environment Agency
Alex Gandy, Dartmoor National Park Authority


Peter Chamberlain, Devon County Council
Neil Hamlyn, DCIoS Local Resilience Forum
Jim Colwell, Devon and Cornwall Police
Harry Barton, Devon Wildlife Trust
James Szymankiewicz, Natural Devon
Mark Goodwin, University of Exeter
Virginia Pearson, Devon Public Health
Clare Reid, Exmoor National Park Authority
Amanda Fisk, NHS
David Ralph, HotSW Local Enterprise Partnership
Janet Powell, HotSW Local Enterprise Partnership
Paul Elsen, Western Power Distribution

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting were AGREED as a true record of the discussion.

Devon County Council has begun the process of appointing a multi-agency Project Manager.

Signing the Devon Climate Declaration

All delegates provided an update on the progress of their organisations in signing the Declaration. A list of signatories is being maintained on the project website.

ACTION: All to notify Doug Eltham when their organisation has signed so that the signatories list can be updated.

Terms of Reference

Phil Norrey introduced the proposed Terms of Reference for the project, the Response Group and the Tactical Group.

The Group AGREED the Terms of Reference.

It was further AGREED that the existing democratic scrutiny arrangements should be used locally and at county level to ensure accountability.

ACTION: Local authorities and other democratic DCERG members to consider how their scrutiny arrangements can review their input to Devon Climate Emergency

ACTION: Devon County Council will consider opportunities for scrutiny of the overall response to the Devon Climate Emergency

A Process for the Devon Carbon Plan

Doug Eltham introduced the proposed process to produce a Devon Carbon Plan.

The Group AGREED to:

  • Endorse the proposed process for the development of a Devon Carbon Plan
  • Approve the Terms of Reference for the Net-Zero Task Force
  • Invite a UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change lead-author from the University of Exeter to chair the Net-Zero Task Force.
  • Mandate the Tactical Group to work with the chair to identify the 11 additional members of the Net-Zero Task Force who would be receptive to an invitation.

ACTION: Devon County Council, on behalf of the Group, to formally invite the University of Exeter to chair the Net-Zero Task Force

ACTION: Devon County Council to arrange for the Tactical Group to identify 11 additional members of the Net-Zero Task Force. These will be recommended to the Response Group at its next meeting.

Review of Climate-Related Community Risks

Paul Netherton introduced the proposed process for an initial review of climate-related community risks.

The Group AGREED to:

  • Approve the proposed process for an initial review of climate-related community risks.
  • Agree the Terms of Reference for the Climate Impacts Group.
  • Mandate the Tactical Group to proceed with the review and establish the Climate Impacts Group

It was further AGREED that after this initial review concludes in October, subsequent task and finish groups may need to be established to review preparedness plans or gather additional evidence. These groups may be lead by other members of the Response Group.

Next Meeting

The next meetings are scheduled for Tuesday 30 July, 2-3pm and Thursday 5 September 10-11am. These will be dial-in meetings only.

Any Other Business

Phil Norrey and Karime Hassan noted that private-sector investment will be key to upgrading technology and infrastructure to decarbonise Devon. The Group noted that strong links between the Devon Climate Emergency and the clean growth agenda will be required.

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