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Devon Carbon Plan Summary

This is a summary  of the Devon Carbon Plan, it’s shorter than the full document and provides details about the key parts of the Plan. Local policy makers who want to know how the Devon Carbon Plan can influence their work would benefit from this version.


Built Environment

  • Retrofitting existing houses
  • Retrofitting existing commercial and industrial premises
  • Making new buildings net-zero
  • Minimising energy use by amenity lighting

9.1  Introduction

Buildings and lighting in outdoor spaces produced 38% of Devon’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2019.1

This section focuses on how to achieve net-zero buildings.2 It introduces goals for overcoming issues identified in 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. 

The Energy Supply section of the Plan explores decarbonising the electricity supply, including support for building-scale renewable electricity and energy storage. 

9.2 The Change Needed

9.2.1 Retrofit Existing Houses

9.2.2 Retrofitting Existing Commercial and Industrial Premises

9.2.3 New Buildings

9.2.4 Amenity Lighting

9.3 Greenhouse Gas Outcomes

9.4 Other Opportunities and Benefits

9.5 Devon’s Goals to Meet Net-Zero

9.5.1 Goal BA – Self-Financing Retrofit Has Been Delivered at Scale

9.5.2 Goal BB – Independent and Trusted Advice and Support on Retrofit is Available

9.5.3 Goal BC – Effective Regulations Require Energy Efficiency Improvements to Homes

9.5.4 Goal BD – New Buildings are High Quality and Net-Zero

9.5.5 Goal BE – The Use of Energy for Lighting is Minimised in Public Spaces

9.6 Summary of the Actions

9.7 Milestones

9.8 References

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