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2. Introduction 

Introduction 

2.1 Background

In May 2019, the Devon Climate Emergency (DCE) partnership formed to respond to the climate and ecological emergency. Its partners represent public bodies, private sector interests, environmental organisations and academic institutions. Within the partnership, and this Plan, Devon refers to the areas administered by Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council (see Figure 2.1).

Map showing that the partnership covers the areas administered by Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
Figure 2.1 – The DCE partnership covers the areas administered by Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council.

Initially the partnership prepared the Devon Climate Declaration which has resulted in a shared commitment to engage Devon’s residents, businesses and visitors to develop and implement a plan to facilitate the reduction of Devon’s emissions to net-zero. In addition, a separate Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Adaptation Plan, currently in development, will help prepare communities to live in a warmer and more resilient world. 

As well as their contributions to the development of this Plan, DCE partners have been delivering immediate initiatives that are accelerating the reduction of Devon’s carbon emissions. These include hiring new staff, creating a Nature Recovery Network, developing the Devon Food Partnership, building solar farms, installing electric vehicle charge points, and delivering a bulk-purchase scheme for domestic solar panels. Also, many partners have already developed carbon plans to reduce their in-house emissions from their buildings, vehicle fleets and supply chains.  

2.2 Purpose of this Plan

2.3 How the Plan was Produced

2.3.1 The Net-Zero Task Force 

2.3.2 Call for Evidence 

2.3.3 Thematic Hearings

2.3.4 Youth Parliament 

2.3.5 Devon Climate Assembly

2.4 The Plan’s Approach

2.5 How to Use the Plan

2.6 The Plan’s Principles

2.7 References

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