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3. Devon Now (Summary)

Devon Now

3.1 Geography and Economy

Devon has distinctive characteristics that provide the context forplanning for net-zero emissions. Devon is the third largest English county, is generally rural in character and has over 200 miles of shoreline divided along two coasts. Devon also has major urban centres, the largest of which – Plymouth, Torbay and Exeter – account for almost half of its population.

Devon is recognised for landscapes of national importance and its biological and geological diversity. However, Devon’s habitats have become increasingly fragmented and are vulnerable to development pressures and the effects of climate change. 

Devon has a slightly higher economic contribution from agriculture, construction and real estate, and substantially more from the public sector, than the UK average. 

This geographical diversity means that the challenges and solutions for reaching net-zero will vary across the County. 

3.2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

3.2.1 Production Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

3.3 References

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