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5. Net Zero Ambitions

Net Zero Ambitions

5.1 Devon’s Net-Zero Target

The Devon Climate Emergency partners are committed to achieving rapid and fair emissions reductions for Devon in the next 10 years of at least a 50% reduction in production and consumption emissions by 2030 below 2010 levels. The partners acknowledge there is a limit to the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted globally if dangerous climate change is to be avoided 

Partners will use their responsibilities and influencing opportunities as community leaders to help Devon’s diverse communities, business sectors and environments as a whole achieve net-zero emissions as soon as possible and by 2050 at the latest, following the national ambition. The Plan is frontloaded with impactful actions to support the partners that have set earlier net-zero targets for their areas. Progress towards achieving the Plan’s targets will be reviewed regularly so that the targets can be enhanced where delivery is better than expected, or so the Plan can be revised where emissions reductions are not moving at the required pace. 

The Plan will ensure that preferred solutions for local carbon offsetting are in place by 2030 to enable individuals, organisations and local areas to net-off to zero their residual emissions ahead of the national timetable where this is desired. Carbon offsetting must only be used for emissions that are not viable to avoid.  

Prominent policy scenarios for achieving net-zero emissions in the UK, such as those produced by the Climate Change Committee (CCC)1 and The Centre for Alternative Technology2 only address production emissions and so this commitment from local partners is ambitious. If UK’s (including Devon’s) production emissions are reduced to net-zero and UK trading partners reduce their emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, then the CCC estimates that consumption emissions would be around 90% below 1990 levels in 2050.3 This highlights the importance of organisations and individuals in Devon reducing, reusing, sharing and recycling goods and using their purchasing power to improve environmental practices in Devon and overseas if the net-zero target is to be met (discussed further in the Economy and Resources section, of this Plan). 

5.2 Carbon Budgets

5.3 Achieving Net-Zero Sooner

5.4 References

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