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Monitoring Indicators

The tables below set out indicator data that is being used to monitor the achievement of the Devon Carbon Plan’s objectives at a strategic level. This data supplements Devon’s annual carbon footprint and the narrative progress reports against each action.

Most of the data is available from national government and local sources on an annual basis. Some indicators do not have data available yet and require further investigation into how the data can be obtained or the development of alternatives. These indicators are shared for review by the Response Group, as well as published online.

Objective: Net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest and a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 from 2010 levels

Indicators201020172018201920202021202220232024
1. Devon’s net production greenhouse gas emissions (ktCO2e)17,9767,2267,672
2. Devon’s consumption greenhouse gas emissions (MtCO2e)212.511.910.7
3. Percentage reduction in Devon’s production greenhouse gas emissions since 2010118%25%21%
4. Percentage reduction in Devon’s consumption greenhouse gas emissions since 2010217%26%
Source:
1. University of Exeter Centre for Energy and the Environment (2023) Devon Territorial Greenhouse Gas Calculator,

2. Based on apportioning the UK imported consumption emissions by year  by Devon’s Gross Value Added (GVA) share. UK imported consumption emissions data is at: DEFRA (2022) Carbon footprint of the UK and England to 2020. Available at: Carbon footprint for the UK and England to 2020 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1160466/fig1.csv/preview . GVA data available at: Gross Value Added (GVA) – Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk) and Regional gross value added (balanced) per head and income components – Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)

Objective: Engaged communities acting for resilience and a net-zero carbon Devon

Indicators201020172018201920202021202220232024
5. Cumulative followers on the Devon Climate Emergency social media platforms3,2465,3706,0656,771
6. Cumulative subscribers to the Devon Climate Emergency newsletter1,2382,2203,3864,248
7. Cumulative entities endorsing the Devon Climate Declaration447097103116
8. Percentage of the community feeling well-informed and supported to reduce their own carbon emissions
9. Number of community organisations known to be acting locally for net-zero 3177
Source:

3. List compiled by Devon Climate Emergency based on groups known through consultations and other interactions.

Objective: Fossil fuels phased out as an energy source

Indicators201020172018201920202021202220232024
10. Proportion of Devon’s energy consumption met by renewable energy generated within Devon 46.7%6.9%
11. Total consumption of fossil fuel energy in Devon (GWh) 519,30519,11919,14217,30118,544
a. Domestic (GWh)5,6255,6435,8175,9355,485
b. Industrial and Commercial (GWh)5,0634,8834,6574,5744,916
c. Road transport (GWh)8,6178,5938,6686,7928,143
12. Proportion of vehicles registered in Devon that are ultra-low emission (< 75gCO2/km)60.5%0.7%0.9%1.1%1.3%1.6%
Source:
4 Calculated by the Net Zero Task Force from multiple sources.

 5BEIS (2023), Estimates of total final energy consumption from 2005 to 2021 at a country, regional and  local authority level. Available at: Total final energy consumption at regional and local authority level: 2005 to 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

6Calculated from DfT (2023) Statistical data set Vehicle licensing statistics data tables [online] URL: Vehicle licensing statistics data tables – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Objective: Minimised energy consumption

Indicators201020172018201920202021202220232024
13. Number of Devon’s homes with an Energy Performance Certificate of D – G 7306,427
14. Number of Devon’s commercial premises with an Energy Performance Certificate of D – G 714,165
15. Devon’s energy consumption (GWh)524,03423,84723,72722,02923,272
a. Transport8,6178,5938,6686,7928,143
b. Domestic7,7597,7777,9008,0697,619
c. Industrial and Commercial7,6587,4777,1597,1687,510
16. Amount of funding spent through dedicated public grants on domestic retrofitting in DevonData collection process to be established
17. Amount of funding spent through dedicated public grants on commercial retrofitting in DevonData collection process to be established
 
Source: 7 LUHC (2022) Energy Performance of Buildings Data England and Wales. Available at: https://epc.opendatacommunities.org

Objective: Minimise fugitive greenhouse gas emissions

Indicators201020172018201920202021202220232024
18. Emissions from Product Use (HFCs, PFCs and SF6) in Devon (ktCO2e)8211215201183176
19. Emissions from landfill and biological treatment of waste and wastewater in Devon (ktCO2e)8569528507449427
Source: 8Mitchell A. et al. (2023) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report – Devon, Plymouth, Torbay 2021. Centre for Energy and Environment, University of Exeter. Available at: https://devonclimateemergency.org.uk/studies-and-data/devons-carbon-footprint/

Objective: Maximise carbon storage in marine and terrestrial environments

Indicators201020172018201920202021202220232024
20. Net-emissions from livestock and land use in Devon (ktCO2e)816401590159715531528
21. Devon’s soil organic matter percentageData collection process to be established
22. Total carbon sequestered by improved habitat in Devon from 2020Data collection process to be established
a. Terrestrial
b. Marine
23. Net carbon dioxide sequestered by land use, land use change and forestry in Devon (ktCO2e)8-548-544-550-557-556

Objective: Resilient local economies with access to green finance

Indicators201020172018201920202021202220232024
24. Investment in community-owned energy schemes in Devon (£m)914.1
25. Proportion of households in fuel poverty (%)10 12.3%13.2%
26. Proportion of spending by the Response Group organisations with entities registered with EX, PL or TQ postcodesData collection process to be established
27. Number of non-profit organisations registered with EX, PL or TQ postcodes, providing goods and services to or for Response Group organisationsData collection process to be established
Source:
9 Regen (2018) Devon Community Energy Impact Report, Regen. Available at: https://www.regen.co.uk/publications/devon-community-energy-impact-report-2018/

10 BEIS (2022), Sub-Regional Fuel Poverty data 2022. Available at: Sub-regional fuel poverty data 2022 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Objective: A circular use of resources

Indicators201020172018201920202021202220232024
28. Number of Repair Cafes operating in Devon112429
29. Number of Library of Things operating in Devon 12410
30. Total household waste collected in Devon (kt)13551519519516530535496
31. Household waste collected per person (Kg)13
a. Devon County Council500447441436447449415
% change on previous year– 12%-1%-1%-2%0%-8%
b. Plymouth City Council443393401391407406378
% change on previous year-13%2%-3%4%0%-7%
c. Torbay Council431441429431428418393
% change on previous year2%-3%0%-1%-2%-6%
32. Percentage of household waste that is sent for reuse, recycling or composting 13
a. Devon County Council54.8%54.0%56%56.6%55.3%55.1%54.0%
b. Plymouth City Council32.9%33.7%35.3%34.1%30.6%34.5%32.2%
c. Torbay Council39.5%42.4%41.2%40.2%35.5%37.1%38.2%
33. Commercial and industrial waste in the Devon County and Torbay Council areas 14
a. Total arising (kt)560
b. Of which household-like waste (kt)186
c. Recycling rate (%)34-40%
34. Construction, demolition and excavation waste in the Devon County Council area 15
a. Arising (kt)1,206
b. Recycling rate (%)87%
Source:

11 Recycle Devon (2024) Repair Café. Available at: https://www.recycledevon.org/reuse/repair-cafe

12 Recycle Devon (2024), Borrow and Share. Available at: https://www.recycledevon.org/borrow-and-share

13 Defra (2023) Local authority collected waste generation from annual results 2021/22 (England and regions) and local authority data annual results 2021/22

14 Devon County Council and Torbay Council (2020) Draft Resource and Waste Management Strategy for Devon and Torbay, 2020-2030.

15 Devon County Council (2014) Devon Waste Plan. Available at: https://www.devon.gov.uk/planning/planning-policies/minerals-and-waste-policy/devon-waste-plan

Objective: Carbon captured from the burning of fuels

Indicators201020172018201920202021202220232024
35. Proportion of carbon produced from the burning of fossil fuels in Devon that is captured by carbon capture and storage technology (%)0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%
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