Doug Eltham, Devon County Council
Andy Seaman, University of Exeter
Charlotte Brown, Devon Climate Emergency
Louise Sawyer, Devon and Cornwall Police
William Elliott, Teignbridge District Council
Emily Reed, Devon Climate Emergency
Lucinda Brook, Plymouth City Council
David Rose, South West Water
Alice Gent, Exeter City Council
Freya Branley, Exeter City Council
Donna Sibley, Torridge and North Devon District Councils
Jason Ball, Mid Devon District Council
Iain Miller, University of Plymouth
Catherine Causley, East Devon District Council
Adam Williams, South Hams and West Devon Councils
Jacqui Warren , Torbay Council
Harry Barton, Devon Wildlife Trust
Sara Gibbs, Public Health Devon
Emmanuelle Marshall, Plymouth City Council
Alex Gandy, Dartmoor National Park Authority
Victoria Hatfield, Exeter City Council
John Golding, East Devon District Council
1. Minutes of previous meeting
The minutes were AGREED to be a true record of the discussion.
2. Project Progress Report
2.1 Project Communications
Charlotte provided an update reflecting Section 1 of the Progress Report appended to these minutes.
Andy reported that a new communications person has joined the sustainability team the University of Exeter and he’ll ensure they meet with Charlotte.
2.2 Updates from the Net Zero Task Force
Emily Reed provided an update reflecting Section 2 of the Progress Report appended to these minutes. No further questions asked.
2.3 Updates on the Climate Impacts Group
Emily Reed provided an update reflecting Section 3 of the Progress Report appended to these minutes. No further questions asked.
3. Partner Updates
Will reported that Teignbridge District Council has prepared a draft Carbon Plan focussing on its own carbon footprint and areas of community influence.
Donna advised that Torridge District Council has prepared its first annual update to its Climate, Environment and Biodiversity Plan, and that North Devon District Council has now prepared its first plan.
Lucinda said that the Local Government Association funding for the Devon consortium to look at behaviour change with respect to domestic energy efficiency has begun. Also that Chelston Meadow solar farm has got planning permission.
David told the group about a new partnership between South West Water and the University of Exeter with a focus on nitrous oxide and methane fugitive emissions from wastewater treatment. David also noted that the water treatment network in northern Devon is looking to be restructured with possible pumping of water into Wessex. Bristol Water is now part of the Pennon Group.
Alice reported that three electric refuse collection vehicles are now in operation in Exeter.
Andy said the University of Exeter has received funding to make the new CREWW building net-zero. They are also looking at biodiversity net-gain on their land holdings, and have agreed funding to continue providing bus travel to the campus.
Appendix 1: Project Progress Report
Period: June to July 2022
Status Indicator Key:
🔴 [RED] = Significant issue that requires Response Group intervention;
🟠 [AMBER] = Minor issue that will initially be managed by the secretariat, but the Response Group should be aware;
🟢 [GREEN] = No issue.
1. Partnership Update
1.1 General Project Communications 🟢 [GREEN]
Growth returned to 2% over the past month. Charlotte Brown, the project’s new Climate Engagement Officer, will be developing content to get the following increasing at a faster rate. Additionally, our newsletter open rate is 42%, which is significantly higher than the average of roughly 20%.
- The County Show was successful, and social media posts were received well alongside posts from Recycle Devon, Suez and Devon County Council. We showcased displays highlighting community action in Devon such as Repair Cafes, Libraries of Things, Share Sheds and Clothes Swaps, and junk funk band Weapons of Sound did a series of performances on the final day. Below are some photos of the event:
Cycling campaign in September
- Collaboration with Active Devon, Travel Devon & Devon CC’s Environment Group to deliver a month-long campaign around cycling this September
- There will be community rides lead by community cycling groups, development of re-usable assets and opportunities for cycle confidence training
- Further work on this campaign is expected to take place over the coming month, including contacting more community cycling groups to raise awareness for the campaign and to encourage them to take part
Devon-Wide Community Engagement
- The Community Engagement Sub-Group nominated Devon County Council and Plymouth City Council to bring a proposal back to them to enhance the Community Action Group activity across Devon. The latest meeting between Devon and Plymouth to progress this proposal occurred on the 27th June.
1.2 Partners’ Notable Activity
Activity is recorded centrally on the Taking Action pages of the Devon Climate Emergency website.
- Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points have been installed in Dartmouth’s Mayors Avenue Car Park and Dawlish’s Barton Car Park, the first of 80 across Devon
- A funding bid for £15 million has been backed by Torridge Councillors to create the Appledore Clean Maritime Innovation Centre
- among four regions awarded funding to support supplying sustainable local food to public institutions
- 68 farmhouses currently being retrofitted by Devon County Council, which will reduce farmhouse carbon emissions by up to 70%
- Environment Agency launches roadmap for practical actions against flooding and coastal erosion
- Six projects awarded funding through Devon County Council’s Green Innovation Fund
2. Net Zero Task Force Updates
2.1 Devon Carbon Plan 🟢 [GREEN]
Final amendments continue to be made to individual chapters of the Devon Carbon Plan. This includes incorporating the partnership’s responses to the Devon Climate Assembly.
The Centre for Energy and Environment at the University of Exeter continues to re-model the Action Diagrams that show the duration of each action.
We remain on schedule to have the Devon Carbon Plan available for organisations to consider adopting from the end of August 2022.
3. Climate Impacts Group Update 🟠 [AMBER]
The evaluation of the tender to recruit a consultant to help prepare the Adaptation Plan has completed. Standstill period ends midnight on the 8th July.
The Adaptation Strategy is expected to be completed within 6 months of awarding the tender.
4. Devolution Update
We continue to wait for a response from government on the first application stage. Doug Eltham has been asked by Team Devon to develop the ideas submitted in the application into fuller proposals. This is going to need external support for which WSP has been approached.
Doug will keep partners up to date as this develops.
5. Summary Comments
- Partners continue to implement the Interim Carbon Plan.
- The final version of the Devon Carbon Plan continues to be prepared for its August deadline.
- The tender to recruit a contractor to assist with the Adaptation Plan is in its standstill period.