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7. Economy and resources (Summary)

Economy and Resources

  • Avoiding waste and creating a circular economy
  • Reducing emissions from unavoidable biodegradable waste and wastewater treatment
  • Using the purchasing power of Devon’s organisations
  • Supporting communities and businesses to transition to net-zero

7.1 Introduction

Historically we have made products, used them and thrown them away. This behaviour creates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during manufacturing, transportation to the customer and disposal. Emissions from manufacturing and transport are reported in other sections of this Plan. Waste disposal contributes 9% of Devon’s GHG emissions.1  Devon’s purchasing of goods produced abroad creates emissions overseas which represent 38% of the total emissions Devon is responsible for. 

This section of the Plan describes changes needed to achieve a socially-just and net-zero carbon economy that has the potential to create up to 700,000 jobs in England by 2030.2 It introduces goals for overcoming barriers to achieving net-zero. Actions are then proposed to achieve the goals. 

7.2 The Change Needed

7.2.1 Avoid waste and create a circular economy  

7.2.2 Reduce emissions from unavoidable biodegradable waste and wastewater treatment

7.2.3 Use the purchasing power of Devon’s organisations

7.2.4 Support communities and businesses to transition to net-zero

7.3 Greenhouse Gas Outcomes

7.4 Other Opportunities and Benefits

7.5 Devon’s Goals to Meet Net-Zero

7.5.1 Goal EA – A Culture of ‘Enoughness’ is Created

7.5.2 Goal EB – Most Materials are Recycled 

7.5.3 Goal EC – The Management of Biodegradable Waste Minimises Greenhouse Gas Emissions

7.5.4 Goal ED – Procurement by Anchor Institutions Contributes to Net-Zero

7.5.5 Goal EE – Devon’s Economy Seizes the Net-Zero Opportunity

7.5.6 Goal EF – Devon has the Skills to Meet Net-Zero 

7.5.7 Goal EG – Devon has Access to the Finance Needed for Net-Zero

7.6  Summary of the Actions

7.7 Milestones

7.8 References

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