Proposed Devolution Deal for Devon and Torbay to aid transition to net-zero
Devolution for Devon and Torbay has taken a big step forward with the publication of Government proposals for a ground-breaking deal that could re-draw the future relationship between local government in Devon and Torbay, and Whitehall.
The proposals detail how the Deal would transfer a range of powers and funding to a Devon and Torbay Combined County Authority (CCA), subject to public consultation.
The Government is proposing to transfer over £16 million of new funding to invest in new green jobs, homes, skills, and business growth and accelerate Devon and Torbay’s transition to a net-zero economy, capitalising on the area’s world-leading expertise in green science and technology.
A section of the Deal proposal entitled ‘Net zero and climate adaptation’ acknowledges the Devon Carbon Plan and Climate Adaptation Strategy. It outlines the potential for the Deal to enable more effective action on supporting businesses to transition to net zero; planning our future energy system; establishing sustainable heat networks for buildings; delivering building retrofit measures; funding net zero infrastructure and supporting nature recovery.
Subject to the outcome of consideration by the Cabinets of Torbay and Devon County Councils, public consultation will begin on 12 February.
Read the full Deal proposals here.
Action C1. Foster innovation in technologies, institutions, business models, policy design and behaviour to achieve net-zero.