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Devon Carbon Plan

This is the full length Devon Carbon Plan all the background information, research and detail regarding how Devon can become net-zero across five intersecting themes. This version is best suited to anyone looking to learn about the full scope of the climate emergency in Devon, and how Devon will tackle this. 


Energy Supply

  • Using less energy
  • Transitioning to renewables
  • Increasing flexibility and storage
  • Developing carbon capture and storage

8.1  Introduction

In 2019, 72% of Devon’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to energy use. This energy is used as electricity (13%) and the burning of fossil fuel in buildings for heat (19%), transport (30%), manufacturing and construction (6%), and agricultural, forestry and fishing machinery (4%).1

Spend on energy in the County is estimated to be £3.4 billion each year, the majority of which leaves the area because Devon imports most of its energy requirements.16 

This section describes what needs to happen to achieve net-zero energy supply based on the Climate Change Committee’s Further Ambition Scenario. It then introduces goals for overcoming issues identified during the Thematic Hearings and the public Call for Evidence as barriers to achieving net-zero in Devon. Actions are then proposed to achieve the goals.

8.2 The Change Needed

8.2.1 Use Less Energy

8.2.2 Transition to Renewables

8.2.3 Increase Flexibility and Electricity Storage

8.2.4 Develop Carbon Capture and Storage

8.3 Greenhouse Gas Outcomes

8.4 Other Opportunities and Benefits

8.5 Devon’s Goals to Meet Net-Zero

8.5.1 Goal EA – A Shared Ambition For a Net-Zero-Carbon Energy System Is Agreed

8.5.2 Goal EB – Communities are Driving the Energy Transition

8.5.3 Goal EC – Constraints on the Electricity Grid are Overcome

8.5.4 Goal ED – Low Carbon Energy Becomes Affordable and is Attractive for Investors

8.5.5 Goal EE – Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is Piloted on Industrial Facilities

8.6 Summary of the Actions

8.7 Milestones

8.8 References

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